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Florence celebrates 150th Memorial Day parade

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The streets of Florence were lined in a sea of red, white, and blue as western Massachusetts showed up to remember the service men and women who gave their lives serving our country.

Since 1868, Florence has honored our fallen heroes with a parade.

Charlene and Troy Vinton were looking forward to seeing their son march for Hopkins Academy, especially after their hometown parade was rained out.

"Usually we go to Hadley and see that parade, but it was canceled yesterday so we are here today," said Troy Vinton. 

It was their first time coming to the Florence parade.

"In a busy day of electronics and all of that I think it's a great moment to sit on the sidewalk and enjoy," said Charlene Vinton. 

The parade in Florence is one of the oldest of it's kind, this year marked the 150th year of the Memorial Day parade.

There were bikes and all kinds of cool rides.

Organizations that help veterans were well represented like Honor and Remember, and the group called Soldier On.

The military order of the purple heart was well represented.

Among all of the red, white, and blue floats, was a simple table to honor those who served but have yet to come home.

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