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Batavia is planning a bigger Memorial Day parade this year.
The popular fly-over had to be cancelled due to the federal sequester, but Bob Bialkowski, one of the parade’s organizers, says there will be some surprises.
On WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, Bialkowski talked about a conversation he had with a member of the city’s original National Guard unit:
"The man's name is Ear; Schlaggel. We had a nice conversation and I said, 'I'd like to have you in the parade.'he said, 'I was in the orginal Batavia National Guard unit. It was an anti-aircraft battery. We were founded in 1949.'He said that a year later the unit was federalized and put on active duty."
Mr. Schlaggel will be featured in this year’s parade.
It begins at 10AM Monday morning from the Eastown Plaza and heads west on Main Street ending at the St. Joseph’s School parking lot.

There will also be a Memorial Day parade on Monday in LeRoy.
The LeRoy parade begins at 10:30 Monday morning at American Legion Post 575 on West Main Street and continues to the Veteran’s monument in Trigon Park.

Another Memorial Day parade will be held Monday morning at 11 beginning at the Byron Fire Hall. 

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