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Weather stops big guest at Pottstown Memorial Day parade

Weather stops big guest at Pottstown...

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - The rain interfered with plans for some VIP guests at the Pottstown parade, but the true meaning of Memorial Day couldn't be obscured by the clouds.

A little rain did not stop the Pottstown Memorial Day parade. Through the raindrops, bands marched, people waved, and all were there to honor the men and women who died in battle.

"I don't think the American people will ever forget Memorial Day," said Robin "Cherokee" Gilmore, named 2016-2017 Pottstown Veteran of the Year.

The famed Budweiser Clydesdale horses were supposed to trot down the street while making a few deliveries, but the weather kept them in the trailer.

"It's a bummer about the rain," said Phillip Bolinger, whose parents own Ice House Steaks & Pizza, where one delivery was made. "But I think we'll make it. Hopefully they will comeback next year trotting down the streets."

Just blocks away, Erin Smoyer stood with her son in silence.

"It's important that my children know the significance of Memorial Day," said Smoyer.

The Smoyers had a family member die in Vietnam. She said you have to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

"It's important just to carry on his honor, honor his memory, so we come out here every year, put an extra flag down and just remember him," added Smoyer.

It's something all in the crowd were doing. Veterans and active military members laid a wreath in front of each conflict from the American Revolution to the Persian Gulf War.

There was a gun salute, and then the playing of "Taps."

"They all know despite having the cookout or maybe a sale at the local furniture store, it's still about the men and women in the uniformed services that have gone and fallen and died so that all the rest of us can have a barbecue or go buy a new sofa," said Gilmore.

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