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107th Airlift Wing marched in the annual Memorial Day parade in Niagara Falls, N.Y. on May 24, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Tech Sgt. Brandy Fowler)
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Guard Airmen participate during Memorial Day parade

Posted 5/28/2014   Updated 5/29/2014 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Brandy Fowler
107th Airlift Wing

5/28/2014 - NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing participated in the annual parade here Memorial Day weekend.

A small group of Airmen gathered to participate and commemorate the service of men and women who died serving our nation in uniform.

They fell into a flight formation and took the path down Pine Avenue here where on-lookers cheered for them.

"This means much more to me now that I wear a uniform," said Airman 1st Class Toria Distefano, a new member to the Wing. "I just got back from [technical] school and it is a good way to get involved in the community and be a representative of the unit."

The parade ended at Hyde Park and a ceremony took place at the Veteran's Memorial. The 107th Wing Commander, Colonel John Higgins, was the guest speaker at the event.

"This year on Memorial Day, let us remember the men and women who laid down their lives for this great country," said Higgins. "Keep all of our finest young American's who are still serving in harm's way in your thoughts and prayers."

Maj. Brian Dalporto, a 107th member as well as the chief of police for Niagara Falls, also spoke at the event.

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