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Middlebury remembers vets on Memorial Day

MIDDLEBURY - Hundreds gathered at last week's Middlebury Memorial Day Parade. Local military and veterans groups, school bands, fraternal clubs-even this year's reigning Miss Vermont, Caroline Bright, 20, of Colchester-made appearances as special participants in the annual parade.

This year, several recent veterans of the Middle Eastern theater in the War on Terrorism took part in the remembrance.

Good weather was responsible for a large attendance at the shire town's parade. Visitors lined Main Street and around the town green; several visited the Civil War monument across from the TownHall Theater.

The monument was also the scene of a wreath-laying ceremony later in the day.

Middlebury residents also used the special day to remember George "Wedge" Murdoch, co-founder of the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association. Murdoch died May 22 and was buried in Middlebury May 26.

Murdoch helped establish MVAA in 1970.

Since that time, MVAA has moved from downtown to its new facility on South Street next to Porter Medical Center.

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