Months after Hurricane Irene flood damage Schoharie, NY’s Memorial Day Parade has special meaning (video).

Just about nine months ago, Main Street in the Village…

Just about nine months ago, Main Street in the Village of Schoharie was submerged beneath ten feet of water. On Thursday night, residents were standing ten people deep along Main Street watching the annual Memorial Day Parade come by.

The event marked another significant milestone in that community’s long journey back to normalcy but as people were lining the parade route, still noticeable were several Main Street buildings that were either uninhabitable or under re-construction.

The Schoharie High School Marching band wasn’t just playing music on Thursday night, they were also dispensing heavy doses of medicine. For the people of the Schoharie Valley, the annual Memorial Day Parade was just what the doctor ordered.

“It means a lot to people to be able to have it again,” said Schoharie resident Robin Tilison. “They went through enough tragedy so it’s time for them to have happiness and bands and music.”

“It’s been a rough year and a lot of people are trying to get back in their homes,” Terri Borst, another village residents points out. “I think a lot of people are ready for a celebration.”

Source: Dan Levy for WNYT.

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