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Memorial Day Celebration 2013

posted May 20, 2013, 4:49 PM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Jun 2, 2013, 5:42 PM ]
Your Aetna 125th Anniversary Committee thanks the membership and our Ladies Auxiliary for all the help and support for the Memorial Day celebration weekend.
Beginning on Saturday evening 35 members and ladies from our newest member to our Chief Emeritus attended parade practice at Station 8 followed by dinner and social provided by the Ladies. We had a great time following our own Pied Piper Joe Papariello a member of the Washington DC FD Pipes and Drums around the parking lot. There is no substitute for training and after several laps even the new folks got in step.
Undaunted by the drizzle all Sunday morning an absolutely huge turnout gathered at Station 9 for the official 125th anniversary photograph. How many attended?  We distributed 125 service ribbons and we were at least a dozen short. Not to worry, for those who didn’t receive theirs, more are on order and we will have them in your hands prior to the next parade.
The Aetna color guard looked sharp as they participated in the ceremonies on the Green and at the Academy Building prior to the parade. Our band the DCFD Pipes and Drums brought a tear to the eye with two renditions of Amazing Grace. We placed a wreath at the Memorial in front of the Academy Building honoring the deceased members of Aetna who served in our military. 
By the time the parade stepped off shortly after 2:00 p.m. the rain had stopped. 
Over 40 members had feet on the street for the parade with almost the same number of our older members, drivers and Ladies riding on the apparatus, the antiques, and several classic open cars. The apparatus looked great and special banners in front of Ladder 9 and Rescue 8 were well received by public. 
Our members and the crowd on Main Street appreciated the outstanding performance by the DC Pipes and Drums. 
Following the parade the Hall was packed and a steady line of members posed for a portrait for the upcoming Anniversary Year Book. The Ladies and their helpers in the kitchen (some of the best cooks in the fire service) served the traditional fried chicken and hot beef sandwich lunch with all the fixings. 
The weekend closed with an impromptu concert from the band at the hall. It was a crowd pleaser.  

We are a little shy of half way through our 125th Anniversary celebration. There are plenty more events to come. Thanks again for everyone’s help. 

Courtesy Andrew K.

Courtesy Sharon Bruen