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Memorial Day flower girl tradition spans generations

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Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LISA RADER, LEFT, her daughter Stella, and Lisa’s mother, Rhoda, pose during the 2012 Memorial Day ceremony in Brandon. Rader was a flower girl in 1981, and Stella is wearing the same dress her mother wore that day.

BRANDON — Every year on the last Monday in May, a group of first-grade girls in white dresses clutch bunches of fresh lilacs in their small hands. They walk single file up Center Street from the Brandon Post Office, smiling and waving to their families and friends. They follow the American Legion Color Guard and the Otter Valley and Neshobe School marching bands, and are joined by the Pittsford and Brandon fire department engines. The small parade with a purpose makes its way to the gazebo in Central Park.

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