Planners ready for city Memorial Day parade

VERGENNES — Every year Addison County residents make the trip to Vergennes on Memorial Day for one of the state’s largest parades to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Parade organizers, the American Legion Post 14 of Vergennes, have announced that the 2019 theme the Parade is “Now & Forever, We Remember.” Following the parade, the annual remembrance will be held on the park in Vergennes.
American Legion Department of Vermont Senior Vice- Commander and American Legion Commander of Bristol Post 19 Ron LaRose will serve as the Parade Marshall. LaRose served his nation in the U.S. Army and Vermont Army National Guard for 39 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Married to his wife Connie for fifty years, LaRose and his family — sons Kevin and Brett and their wives Megan and Erin and three grandchildren are long-term residents of Bristol. Serving as the Commander of Bristol American Legion Post 19 for the past fourteen years, LaRose will take on the position of American Legion Vermont State Commander in June.
Working as a Land Surveyor for the past forty-nine years and in business with his son Kevin for the past thirteen, LaRose has worked with generations of local Vermonters and has watched the community he proudly calls home grow and change over time. During his career LaRose has continued a long-standing relationship with youth as Scoutmaster for 15 years, Trustee of Bristol Recreation Club and Legion Baseball Coach.
For Commander LaRose understanding Memorial Day is critical because it is to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. “No matter the size of the celebration and tribute,” shared Commander LaRose. “The last Monday in May marks a solemn time to reflect on who we are as a nation because of the sacrifices of millions of men and women who have put service above self.” LaRose will mark the day not only by attending the festivities in Vergennes as Parade Marshall, but being a part of the ceremonies in Bristol as well.
Fort Ticonderoga Curator Matthew Keagle will serve as the Key Note Speaker. Having spoken on the subject of 18th century military history across the U.S., Canada and Europe, Keagle is a Vergennes resident and is a doctoral candidate. He holds a Masters from the Bard Graduate Center, an M.A. in American Material Culture Studies from the Winterthur Museum Program at the University of Delaware, and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Passionate about bringing history to life, Keagle will speak to the conditions, sacrifices and struggles of the 18th century military in our area and how events in that time shaped our modern lives and freedoms of today.

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