Calling himself “Mr. America,” Richard Montgomery HS junior Jabel Sallah, 17, loves attending the Rockville’s Hometown Holidays parade in his patriotic outfit “to make everyone happy.” PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ Memorial Day in Rockville featured a parade filled with American flags, live music, veterans and remembrances of the fallen. Rockville Hometown Holidays included not only a Memorial Day Weekend music festival but also a chance for those attending to show appreciation for those who have served our country.
“I think everyone should be out here supporting, because not only are you supporting Rockville, you are supporting the troops and showing your appreciation for them serving this country,” said Desmonaye Brown, 23, Rockville native and staff member participating in the Hometown Holidays event. Although Brown said her duties included safety and security, she said she also wanted to celebrate her father.
“This day represents my father. He was honorably discharged in 1998, so I’m just out here to support him and support everyone else in my family who has served,” said Brown.
As the ceremony began, which included music by the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Chorus, a traditional wreath-laying ceremony, and a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard, people sat along the sidewalks making way for the performers.
“The parade is a great free community event for families to come out and see the local community groups perform in the heart of Rockville Town Center,” said Amanda Knox, 30, the event specialist for Hometown Holidays. “Memorial Day is a great opportunity to thank and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and it’s great to see the community come together and support that,” said Knox.