Our stop is the Civil War stop. Next they move up the road to Wadsworth Cemetery where King Philips War was fought in 1675. On they go to the town center a mile and a half away.
The Memorial Day parade in our town has a feel of silence and solitude, punctuated by the three gun salutes. We retreat to our own private thoughts of war: the silence that befalls the soldier dead on the battlefield, and the solitude that loved ones will forever feel. But maybe more than that, or maybe because of that, we feel the need for community and companionship.