Community Plans Memorial Day Pageantry, Patriotism

This year’s Collegeville-Trappe Memorial Day Parade is a family event of pageantry and patriotism. Parade chairman Russ Henze and the Parade Committee have devoted countless hours to create a spectacle of bands, cars, floats, marchers and other displays showcasing our veterans and our community.  This year’s parade theme, “Remembrance: of our Veterans, the Civil War and Collegeville History,” serves as a tribute to our local heroes and all the men and women who fought for our country, with a special emphasis on Collegeville’s role in the Civil War.

The Memorial Day events begin on Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity UCC Church where Pastor Martha Kriebel will present “When Collegeville was Freeland,” a show of slides on Collegeville’s historic beginnings, including our area’s role in the Civil War.

The parade begins on Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Waterworks Park on First Ave. in Trappe. Boy Scout Troop 87 will hand out flags to the spectators along the route, while members of Interact, the Rotary’s service club for youth, will pass out programs.  Children and families will enjoy giveaways from the parade participants and also at the parade’s end at Collegeville Community Park.

The parade will proceed up First Avenue in Trappe to Main Street, then east on Main Street to Third Avenue in Collegeville, ending at the Collegeville Community Park at Third and Park Avenues. When the parade reaches Trinity UCC Church, there will be a temporary stop to lay a wreath in front of the church to honor the 26 Civil War soldiers buried in the church’s cemetery.

Highlights of the parade will include: a VFW Honor Guard; our local Gold Star Mothers who have lost children in action and our local Blue Star Mothers who have children presently serving in the military; veterans and Scouts from St.Eleanor’s church, who will join the parade at Sixth Ave. following their service; The Welcome Home Warriors Watch riders on their motorcycles,  the Warrior Camaro; and military vehicles.

Bands, including the Philadelphia German brass band, a fife and drum corps, and the Perkiomen Valley High School Band. Floats from church and community groups, businesses, historical associations and neighborhood groups, local dignitaries and Miss Perkiomen Valley and Mrs. Collegeville are scheduled to participate, alongside antique cars and antique tractors. Horses, The Kids’ Bike Brigade, The Dog Biscuit Brigade  and The Collegeville and Trappe Fire Companies and the Trappe EMS will also be featured.

Parade viewers are asked to follow the EMS vehicle to Collegeville’s Community Park for a short program led by Pastor  Kriebel and Monsignor Patrick Sweeney of St. Eleanor’s.  The program includes three buglers and a bagpiper, a ceremonial flag raising, Pledge of Allegiance, and singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” led by the German Brass Band.

Kona Ice will have a booth across from Ursinus College, and at the parade’s end, lunch and snacks will be available from Boy Scout Troop 87, the Rotary Club, Phamous Phil’s BBQ, Rita’s Water Ice and Capt’n Chucky’s Crab Cake Co.  VFW Post 7155 will hold a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds going to the United Service Organization in support of our troops overseas. Another table will bring awareness to the Wounded Warriors of our Armed Forces.

Although the Parade Committee is no longer accepting applications from organizations or for floats, there is still time for families to join the Bike Brigade and to include you and your best friend in The Dog Biscuit Brigade. To participate in the Bike Brigade, contact Bike Sport in Trappe at www.bikesportbikes.com, and for the Dog Biscuit Brigade, RSVP The Perk Valley Pet Eatery at 610 454 0045 or www.PVPetEatery.com.