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Proud to Participate

Minoa fire officers standing at attention in a line.
Fire Chief Don Grevelding (second from right) led the department in its march in the Minoa Memorial Day Parade. Seen from left are Jeremy DiBello, David Matthes, Jr.,, Deputy Chief Trevor VanAuken, Chief Grevelding, and Junior Firefighter Brayden Maylone. 

Members of the Minoa Volunteer Fire Department marched in the Memorial Day parade in the Village of Minoa on May 27, 2024.

During the ceremony after the parade, Minoa Mayor William F. Brazill laid a wreath of remembrance in front of Village Hall with the assistance of Robert Shaw, a 98-year-old veteran of World War 2.

The significance of Memorial Day prompted our show of  honor and dignity for military personnel who have died in service to the United States. Our presence acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice made by soldiers, paralleling the risk and dedication that firefighters themselves commit to their communities.

Minoa’s parade has a long-standing tradition of having the volunteers of the Fire Department participate. This continuity helps to preserve local history and fosters a sense of tradition, connecting current generations with those of the past.

On display in the Village of Minoa this Memorial Day were recollections of the qualities of bravery, dedication, and service. We are glad to have participated to amplify the patriotic spirit of the day — enhancing civic pride among parade-goers and participants alike.