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Memorial Day parade at Woodcrest

June 2, 2011

THE OTHER PARADE ... A Memorial Day parade was held at Woodcrest Retirement Community on Monday. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    For the first time in Decatur's history, two Memorial Day parades were held.
    On Monday, the traditional parade occurred downtown, and there was also a procession at Woodcrest Retirement Community that included six golf carts, 25 wheelchairs, at least one woman in a wheeled walker, and dozens of United States flags.
    A number of residents of the nursing home participated.
    One of the participants, Annabelle Heller, used her walker to join the procession. Heller's walker has a basket in which were a pair of slippers, a banana, some reading material, and other items.
    The event was organized by longtime Woodcrest resident Eileen Zeissig, a U.S. Army nurse during World War II. She drove the lead golf cart, with fellow Woodcrest resident Jo Holle, a U.S. Navy veteran, as her passenger.
    Another parade is likely on July 4, said Zeissig.

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