Two Riverbend communities will commemorate Memorial Day today with parades. The Alton Memorial Day Parade is the nation's oldest at 149 years, while Bethalto will hold it's 57th annual parade later this morning.
The Alton parade steps off at 10am in Upper Alton and follows the traditional route from the Alton Middle School and ending at the Oakwood Cemetery. Alton Township Supervisor Don Huber tells The Big Z this year's Grand Marshal is Godfrey resident and World War II veteran Art Williams.
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The Big Z will carry live coverage of the parade this morning with Mark Ellebracht and Mike Montgomery stationed at the corner of Main and College.
Meanwhile, the Bethalto Parade will begin from near the Boys and Girls Club at 10:15am and spokesman Clyde Jones tells The Big Z the closing program at the Rose Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery will feature a guest speaker, Dave Talanti.
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The Bethalto parade will travel down Central Street to Prairie, to Plegge Memorial Boulevard, and on to the cemetery.