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Rain doesn't dampen Memorial Day ceremony in Berlin

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

The wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of parade goers in Berlin Monday morning.

Veterans and their supporters went from lining the sidewalks along Farmington Avenue for the town's Memorial Day ceremony to lining a hall.

From young voices singing in unison to retired soldiers, Berlin officials said they were determined to have their parade.

"If we had had this outside, Farmington Avenue would have been loaded with thousands of people," said Charles Colaresi, Berlin Veterans' Commission.

Ian Lilly of Colchester still delivered an impassioned speech, touching on his intense early taste of war in the Middle East and thanking veterans from each generation that came before him.

"They earned it they deserve it," Lilly said.

Among those listening intently was Hank Peasley. He served in World War II.

"I lost my hearing in Italy, I had an ammunition dump go [blow] on me," he said.

While there was no marching band, or line of spectators, Peasley said his heart was warmed by those paying their respects to the fallen heroes, as well as the survivors.

"This is very impressive for me to see," he said.

While the rough weather forced the ceremony inside, there is still something honoring service members outside. Flags were placed at the grave sites of veteran across Berlin.

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