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Memorial Day Parade and Festival 2013, City of Falls Church, VA


Monday, May 27, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City Hall, 300 Park Avenue (Map)

Something for Everyone Throughout the Day: Amusement Rides, Pony Rides, Arts and Crafts Booths, Food Vendors, Civic and Business Booths, and Live Entertainment.

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Two years ago, the 2011 Memorial Day Parade and Festival was the City's second 30th Annual! The very first Parade was in 1951. However, the gas crisis caused the City Council to cancel the Parade in 1981 (but the Festival went on!). Happily, the Parade was back in 1982 (see photos here), and the organizers decided to name it the First Annual Parade and Festival. The City has consistently celebrated Memorial Day with a Parade since 1982!

Click here for a print version of the schedule.

9 a.m. Don Beyer Volvo 3K Fun Run

Shenandoah Run
(on stage)
9 a.m. - Noon Lions Club Eye Van (free testing)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tours of 163-Year-Old Cherry Hill Farmhouse
11 a.m. Veterans Ceremony
Those who have served in the armed forces will be honored at a Veterans Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.). The keynote address will be given by Terry Shima, a WWII veteran who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American infantry unit. Shima went on to serve in the field of foreign service, where he received many accolades for his work, and was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2011. The former Executive Director of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), Shima is now Chair of its Outreach and Education Committee.
12:15 p.m. City of Falls Church Concert Band (on stage)
2 p.m. Parade
The Memorial Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. under the direction of Co-Grand Marshals Audrey Luthman and Janet Haines, both beloved crossing guards here in Falls Church. This year's parade features civic groups, regional and City government officials, City departments including the Police and Volunteer Fire Departments, dance troupes, clowns, and much more.

The Parade will be filmed by Falls Church City Cable Television and aired on, Cox channel 11, Verizon channel 35, and RCN channel 2.

Several City of Falls Church streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, or only be open to local or parade traffic, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (except for limited local and vendor traffic)
Park Ave. will be closed from N. Maple Ave. to N. Virginia Ave. and Little Falls St. will be closed from Park Ave. to Great Falls St.

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Map)
Streets along the route of the Don Beyer Fun Run will be closed. The run begins at Little Falls and Great Falls Sts., then goes left (west) down Great Falls St., then left on Pennsylvania Ave., right on Fulton Ave., right on N. Oak St., left on Lincoln Ave., left on N. West St. and left on Park Ave. ending at Little Falls St.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Parade staging areas will be closed to vehicular traffic on Lincoln and West Sts. and Park Ave.

Visitors to the Memorial Day festivities are reminded to NOT park in private parking lots with posted "no parking - towing enforced" signs. The private lots are for the customers of businesses only. Many businesses enforce "no parking" areas on weekends and holidays and may tow without notice. Free parking is available on many side streets. Please check signs for time limits.

As part of new event protocol, both the City of Falls Church Police and Sheriff's Office, along with their respective partners, will have an increased presence this year. The Sheriff's Office K9 unit, comprised of FANY, a German Shepherd, will be on patrol alongside other K9 units.

Your City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade Co-Grand Marshals are beloved Crossing Guards Audrey Luthman and Janet Haines! Between the two, they have devoted over 90 years of service to the City. Every elementary student who has been to City of Falls Church Schools has seen at least one of them since the 1960s. Congratulations, Audrey and Janet!

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jenny Paxton (Special Events Manager, City of Falls Church), Janet Haines, Audrey Luthman, Police Chief Mary Gavin.

Past Grand Marshals include:
2012 - Harry Shovlin
2011 - Howard Herman
2010 - Edna Frady
2009 - Jessie Thackrey
2008 - Pete Geren
2007 - John Gannon
2006 - Roger Neighborgall
2005 - Ken Burnett
2004 - Mary Ellen Shaw
2003 - Ed Strait
2002 - Carol DeLong
2001 - Nick Benton
2000 - Robert Beach
1999 - Louis Olom
1998 - Walter Mess
1997 - Major General Simokaitis
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