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116th Annual Huntington School Memorial Day Parade
Posted 05/24/2013 01:41PM

116th Annual Huntington School Memorial Day Parade

May 23, 2013

 

For more than a century the Huntington School has celebrated Memorial Day with a patriotic parade in its Campello neighborhood, with children and their teachers marching through the streets, waving the American flag in step to the patriotic tunes of a number of local bands. The tradition was something that meant a great deal to former Huntington School Principal Edward Kelly, so it was only fitting that the 116th Annual Memorial Day Parade was dedicated to the longtime educator who died suddenly in April.

“We felt it would be a fitting tribute to a wonderful man who truly cared about the Huntington School and its students,” said current Principal June Saba. “Mr. Kelly made a difference in the lives of thousands of students during his long career in the Brockton Public Schools, and it was important that he be remembered during the parade that he loved so much.”

Ed Kelly

A special viewing section was set up in front of the school for Kelly’s family, and a banner in his honor was given to them. Mayor Linda Balzotti presented the family with a proclamation declaring it Ed Kelly Day in the city and the Brockton High School Marching Band, led by Kelly’s longtime friend Vincent Macrina, stopped in front of them to play “God Bless America,” the former principal’s favorite song.

Kelly began his career as an elementary classroom teacher at the Lincoln School in 1970. He later taught at the Raymond School and was an assistant principal at the BB Russell, Paine and St. Colman Schools before he was named principal of the Huntington School in 1998. He retired in June, 2005.

Begun in 1897 when then-Principal John Rackliffe began the time-honored tradition as part of a Memorial Day celebration, the Huntington School Memorial Day Parade is held in honor of fallen soldiers.

Each year, every Huntington School student marches behind a class banner, carrying flags and waving to the crowds while a number of bands from schools across the city play patriotic tunes.

“It is a tradition that means a lot to many, many people, and we are proud to be part of that tradition,” Saba said.

       


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