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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Hawks Softball heads back to state PageBl The outlook Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms high near 84 low near 66 Scenes from the 132nd Alton Memorial Day Parade PageCl Vol 164 No 137 cents Tuesday June H 1 iua Atoa annual Alton Memorial Day Parade Below Pt AmeriCan flag Prater 4 of Alton seemed to enjoy the parade but not the noise generated by the marching bands deto ember Veterans and children alike enjoy annual celebration By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer ALTON For veterans like Charles Naylor the joy of seeing parents with their young chil dren beaming with patriotic pride on Memorial Day is wonderful It just gets better every said Naylor of Alton who watched Mondays 132nd Alton Memorial Day Parade from his wheelchair on College Avenue The annual event is the nations oldest continuous parade celebrating Memorial Day Naylor turns 83 years old today which makes him fortunate considering the dangers he faced while serving with the 23rd Armored Engineers of the 1st Army from July 1941 to November 1945 I was in the Normandy campaign not too many days past DDay I was in five cam paigns including the Battle of the Bulge have five battle scars and a Bronze said Naylor who was obviously choked up and uncomfortable discussing his horrible experi ences in World War II I went in before Pearl Harbor and spent 28 months said Naylor adding that he often attends yearly reunions with his division and sees friends who were as fortunate as he to make it through the war Naylor was one of hundreds of veterans and thousands of spectators overall who lined the I See PARADE Page A7 Service honors fallen heroes By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer ALTON As Mondays 132nd Alton Memorial Day Parade ended more than 100 people gathered in Upper Alton Cemetery for the tradi tional memorial service I feel honored to share this Memorial Day with guest speaker Keith Gary Cain a senior chief petty offi cer with the Navy told those in attendance He said more than mil lion soldiers have died serving the United States during its wars Some people in atten dance wiped tears from their cheeks during the 21gun salute the playing of taps by a trumpeter and other patriot ic songs by the Alton Colonial Fife and Drum Corps Memorial Day is not only about remembering the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice Its also about protecting their ideals so their sacrifices will not be in Cain said The American flag means to me sacrifice confidence freedom and a requirement for the willingness of any one of us to lead country to its best greatest and most pro ductive he said Sister Theotima of the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St George from St Anthonys Health Center in Alton was presented with a parade marshal plaque from Scott Neudecker president of the Upper Alton Association which sponsored the parade He said Memorial Day was started in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic made up of veterans who fought to See SERVICE Page A7 I Theater to offer films for the deaf By CURTISS A HARTLEY For The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE The deaf and hardofhearing in the Metro East will be able to enjoy firstrun movies without going to St Louis thanks to a coordinated effort by Altons IMPACT Inc and Edwardsvilles Kerasotes Showplace 12 Theatre Analyze starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal will be shown with open captioning June 17 in the new movie theater on Center Grove Road Open captioning is different from the closed caption sys tem people are familiar with on television where white let ters are placed over a black background box said Karen See THEATER Page A7 Speaker offers remembrance with a message ood Morning Bulletin Brady Champlln Davidson Ely Francis Fry Johnson Scoggins Television By CORY PITT For The Telegraph BRIGHTON About 100 people attended a Memorial Day service in Brighton where they heard a message that they should look up to the nations veterans as examples for living their own lives The service was held Monday morning at Brighton Cemetery The Rev Mike Southcombe of St Johns United Church of Christ spoke to those attending the service Southcombe delivered a message not just of honoring and remembering the veter ans who lost their lives in ser vice to the nation but of build ing on their accomplishments On this Memorial Day we decide as a community to live our lives in response to those who passed before Southcombe said The flags we wave on this day do not stand for the country we live in but for the country we can A red wreath emblazoned with the phrase Gone but not was placed in front For The KIDWELL Elmer Bott a member of the Brighton American Legion stands in front of a veterans memorial in Brighton Cemetery Bott served in the South Pacific for more than three years See story A7 ft I I rl A VaioVQYlc rvviiol 11 M l of the veterans memorial statue in honor of veterans buried in Brighton Cemetery The memorial erected in 1991 was built in honor of area veterans and contains emblems of the Army Air Force Merchant Marine Marines Navy and Coast Guard Gary Ressler commander of Brighton American Legion Post 476 presented the colors and the honor guard who See MESSAGE Page A7 Flooring from I sq ft 3475HUMWRTRD k   

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