Solemn ceremonies, festive parade mark a rainy Memorial Day in Newtown

As a light misty rain fell from the sky on Monday morning, residents gathered around the grave site of Morell Smith who was killed on the battlefields of France during World War I.

Moments later, a parade of veterans marched and rode into the quiet solitude of the Newtown Cemetery – the final resting place for many of the local men and women who died in service to the nation.

As Taps echoed across the gravestones on Memorial Day morning, Newtown silently remembered.

It remembered the sacrifices made by sometimes nameless soldiers who went to war and never came home, paying the ultimate price for freedom.

The town’s annual Memorial Day Parade paused three times to honor that sacrifice as it passed through the streets of town where hundreds gathered to remember and to honor their local veterans, alive and deceased. Many sheltered under umbrellas holding American flags given out by members of the Newtown Exchange Club.

At Morell Smith’s grave site at the Newtown Cemetery and at war memorials at the Newtown Library Company and next to the Newtown Borough Hall on State Street, memorial wreaths were laid during brief, but poignant ceremonies punctuated by stirring serenades performed by the Council Rock High School North Marching Band and the Council Rock North Voice. Read more.