Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Citizen Likes The Memorial Day Parade

YJI photo
YJI reporters and Hall High School marching band members
Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Mary Majerus-Collins and
Yelena Samofalova with YJI reporter Ameni Mathlouthi
after the Memorial 
Day parade in West Hartford, Conn.,
on Monday morning.

By Yelena Samofalova
WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Every year, I look forward to a scorching hot day at the end of May when I get to take part in the Memorial Day parade along with all the band kids from West Hartford middle schools and high schools.
I’ve been playing the flute for about six years now, and I’ve participated in the Memorial Day parade for four years.
Although it’s a drag to wake early on a day off from school and march through the heat in a long-sleeved shirt and pants, the parade is always a fun experience.
The band only has to walk about three blocks, taking a total of 20 minutes.
After, we can enjoy the street vendors and be with our families while watching the other participants of the parade, including bands and other organizations and groups.
It’s similar to a regular school concert, where friends and family come to watch our band play, but more special since we worked hard to memorize the piece and learn how to march.
YJI photo
YJI reporters and flutists
Majerus-Collins and
Yelena Samofalova
Having recently become an American citizen, it feels good to know that we’re helping commemorate those who gave their lives in our nation’s wars and that veterans from wars dating back to World War II are in the same parade. Sometimes, a military band is also in the parade.
Overall, the Memorial Day parade is a fantastic tradition in West Hartford and other towns nationwide.
Although I won’t be in band next year, I will definitely come to see the parade and cheer for my school’s band.

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