Port Richmond Memorial Day Parade canceled - again

Posted: May 25, 2014

FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Port Richmond Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to a lack of funding and volunteers, according to a parade volunteer.

"Everyone wants to watch the parade but no one understands how much work it takes," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, former president and current executive director of Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association (PROPAC). The organization has helped put on the parade in prior years.

Kozlowski said she hopes the 50-year-old hallmark will return next year. However, for that to occur, she said, more people need to step up.

"We used to have military vets run the parade and it went beautifully, but they both retired," she said. "What we need now is a hero, a military hero."

Kozlowski said after the veterans retired, a few members of PROPAC picked up the responsibility of putting on the parade. However, she said, more volunteers were needed to pull off an event that can cost an upward of $15,000.

Port Richmond residents can celebrate Memorial Day by attending a flag-raising service at Campbell Square, on Belgrade Street near Allegheny Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday. In addition, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Tezzi-Reitz Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Aramingo Avenue and Somerset Street, beginning at 9 a.m. today.

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