Despite gloomy skies, Warren residents gathered on the sidewalks of Main and Water Streets, cheering on local firefighters who held their annual Memorial Parade.
The day began with a mass at 7:15 held at church. Firefighters then met for breakfast at on Vernon Street before organizing at the Fire Department on Joyce Street and parading down Main, and then Water, before heading up State Street and ending at the Town Common, where there was a brief ceremony.
Featured as a guest speaker was doctor David E. Leibowitz, of Warren Family Practice, which is approaching it's 23rd year in Warren. Chief Al Galinelli thanked him for his years of helping the Warren Fire Department, providing much needed services such as assistance with medication, teaching defibrillator techniques, and various other questions or concerns, such as helping organize precautions for the H1N1 flu virus.
For Leibowitz, the event showcased "a great sense of pride and commitment to community."
"It just shows..." he said. "Kids are sitting here, waiving the American Flag." He explained that he, being from Detroit, was able to appreciate the sense of pride in the community that firefighters have in Warren in particular, noting that the local troubles he witnessed there during a recent visit "would never happen here."
Highlights of the ceremony included a wreath laying, followed by the playing of Taps, and the awarding of scholarship money to Katelyn Silva, Alex Calenda, and Katlyn Beaulieu from the relief fund, which is done through Warren's Fireman's League.
For Chief Galinelli, who led the speaking ceremony, it was good to see "people in town appreciate what we do."