Participants from an array of North Hills groups strolled, marched, cruised and cheered their way along Perry Highway Monday as part of the Memorial Day parade in West View, hosted annually by the , Post 2754.
Twenty-two groups paraded along a route that followed Perry Highway from the intersection of Highland Avenue to the VFW post, at 386 Perry Highway, while spectators sought patches of shade from the near 90 degree morning temperatures.
Horns from Perrysville, Quail, West View, Ross Township, Fairview and local fire trucks were accompanied by the sounds of the North Hills High School Marching Band. Also taking to the streets were various Girl Scout troops, Veterans Association color guards, cheerleaders and more.
At the parade’s conclusion, spectators were invited stand outside of the West View VFW to continue Memorial Day festivities. These included speeches from J.R. Henry, Mayor of West View, and Parade Chairman Chuck Berie. The North Hills Marching band once again joined the day’s events to play “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Taps.”
Near the end of the ceremony, dedications from surviving veterans were made to those who lost their lives in previous conflicts, and a prayer by the Rev. Bill Dambach of the North Hills Presbyterian Church completed the Memorial Day activities around 11:00 a.m.
“The turnout was great,” Berie said.