Duluth Memorial Day Parade Pays Tribute To Military Past and Present

By KBJR News 1

May 27, 2012 Updated May 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--Duluth's Memorial Day parade will be held Monday afternoon but that won't be the only event paying tribute to military people past and present.

For the last fifty two years, Duluth's Rosie Stratioti has been the force behind the Twin Ports' annual Memorial Day Parade.

That first parade in 1960 was a small affair.

"I started with one unit. Just one unit but we went," Rosie Stratioti, Memorial Day Parade Organizor said.

Now, the parade features nearly a hundred units.

Rosie has organized this get together for over a half century is to honor her husband and father who were both veterans.

Away from the parade, baseball is her pastime but paying tribute to service people remains her passion.

She won't stop working for them.

"I say I'm going to retire but when it comes down to it, I can't," Stratioti said. "It's got to go on and I hope it'll go on after I quit."

In Superior, veterans and supporters will mark Memorial Day with a ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery.

Guest speakers will include the mayor of Thunder Bay and Superior's own Bruce Hagen.

Participants include Major Richard Bong American Legion post 435, Greysolon Daughters of Liberty and VFW Post 1091.

Following the ceremonies, the Bong Center will host a concert by the Superior Singers.

The people in Superior and Duluth and every town in between share the same reasons for doing these deeds on Memorial Day.

As Rosie Stratioti says, we all need to show respect not only for loved ones, but others as well.

"Not only for my husband and dad who was a World War One veteran, but I'm glad to do it for the veterans who gave their lives for their country," Stratioti said.

The 52nd annual Duluth Memorial Day Parade begins at 12:30 Monday on Grand Avenue.

The Greenwood Cemetery Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. just south of Superior on Highway 35.

Posted and Written for the web: Dave Anderson