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Maplewood Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

Today is Memorial Day and Maplewood is celebrating it in style. Memorial Day we found out is just like ANZAC day without the dawn service. The parade started at 9am rather than dawn which is a little more managable even though Lachie does his best everyday to let us know when we hit dawn. We have had a great day taking part in the events.

We had heard there was an impressive line-up and so we found a comfortable viewing spot:

The day kicked off with a parade that included a Bat Mobile, a giant flag, 911 vehicles, marching bands, defence force personnel, local schools, blatant advertising, the hats-off-library-ladies,karate clubs, scouts, brownies & more:

Which ended with a speech and some beatiful singing at the local municipal building:

Afterwards we got a closer look at the firetrucks. Our favourite was number 32 as it had figurines of Sponge Bob and Mr. Incredible on the front.

Then after stopping to say hi to the mascot, we watched the rubber duckie race:

(We borrowed the first three piccies below from Maplewood Online & Maplewood Patch Blogs on the Duck Race.  Now that we know how it works, next year we’ll pick a better viewing possie!)

Before having a very messy icecream and heading home. It was a great day 🙂

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