ALBANY N.Y. – Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
There were many events in Albany Monday, including the annual parade, to honor the men and women Memorial Day represents.
The Albany parade kicked off at the intersection of Partridge Street and Central Avenue, and travelled through the city coming to an end at North Hawk Street, just east of the state capitol building.
Hundreds made their way down to Washington Avenue to watch the annual parade, most of them dressed in red white and blue andwaving the American flag. It was a bit chilly Monday morning, but that didn't stop people from coming out to honor our fallen heroes.
Colonie resident Gene Loparco, a Vietnam War veteran serving from 1967 to 1968 says he's been coming to the Albany Memorial Day parade for 25 years now.
But what makes Loparco stand out from the crowd are not the three cameras strapped around his neck, but instead, the hats that he carries around with him.
He has six hats representing six different organizations he is a part of.
”It's not for show. It's me feeling I'm a part of the group coming down Washington Avenue, even though I'm taking their photos, it feels like I'm apart of them,” he said.
And as each group passed, Loparco made sure to switch to the right cap.
In addition to the parade there will be a ceremony, Albany's Bishop Edward Scharfenberger honored veterans at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery on Central Avenue.
These events are two long-standing traditions in Albany.