Portsmouth hosts 135th annual Memorial Day Parade, one of the oldest in the country


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Portsmouth has been holding a Memorial Day Parade for 135 years. It’s one of the oldest continuous parades in the country. 

Lining the streets and proudly waving flags, citizens and veterans share the true meaning of Memorial Day.

“We remember and honor all of our men and women who served our country and died in the line of duty for our country,” said Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe.

Henry Badgett marched in the parade. He served in the Air Force,  National Guard, and reserves for more than 44 years. He says the annual event means a lot.

“Just a pleasure to see so many people to pay honor and patronage to the people who have given their utmost to this country,” said Badgett. “It’s great, it’s great. This is one thing that brings the people together. This is what we need more of, togetherness.”

The parade started back in 1884. Mayor Rowe expects it to continue to years to come. 

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