Each year the parade committee sponsors a house decorating contest.  Every house in Summit Hill is eligible (including White Bear and Mountain Top Road).  This is judged over Memorial Day Weekend.  We also sponsor a float decorating contest for participating floats with a patriotic theme.  This is judged during the parade.  Judges are not residents of Summit Hill.  Monetary prizes are given for both!

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Welcome to the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade!!!

Parades have always played a big part in the life of the people of Summit Hill.  For over 100 years all kinds of parades have been held—rain or shine, winter or summer. However, the most famous parade in town is its Memorial Day Parade.

Summit Hill is home to 13 cemeteries and every year thousands of people from near and far come to pay their respects and place flowers on the graves of family and friends.  The town swells with a festive atmosphere of those renewing old friendships as well as remembering our fallen heroes.   Over the weekend there are several services honoring the dead.  A roll call of deceased veterans, recitations of Logan’s General Orders, Flanders Field and the Gettysburg Address all honor those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Since the 1920’s, school children were required to march and attendance was mandatory.  In the late 1940’s, after World War II, the parades became even larger.

The towns of the Panther Valley joined together their high school and Legion bands with renewed patriotism and the streets were lined with people not only celebrating the return of a new group of veterans but also remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice and gave their lives.

Today the town of Summit Hill continues to celebrate Memorial Day with a two day Stay at Home Festival where you can greet old friends and feast on home made ethnic food.  Sunday evening the town is treated to a grand display of fireworks.  Monday morning the people of town turn their attention to honoring veterans with a memorial service in Ludlow Park.  After the service, a 5 division parade winds throughout the town paying tribute to the men and women who have so bravely served our country.

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WWII vet to be grand marshal in Summit Hill Memorial Day parade PDF Print E-mail

Monday, May 19, 2014
Published on Times News Online (http://www.tnonline.com)

Jack Bryant and his wife of 67 years, Faye

Jack Bryant always wanted to be in the Navy.

"Ever since I was a young boy, I knew I wanted to be in there," he recalled.

After he graduated in 1943 from the former Summit Hill High School, Bryant enlisted in the Navy and went on to serve for four years through 1947, during which time he was an electrician's mate, primarily aboard the USS George Clymer in the Pacific Theater.

Bryant, now 88, and one of the few remaining World War II veterans in the hilltop community, has been selected to serve as grand marshal of the Summit Hill Memorial Day parade, which will step off at 11 a.m. May 26, according to parade committee chairman Thomas Vermillion.

"I feel pretty good about it," said Bryant of his selection to head the parade. "Right now, I'm a little jittery, but I think I'll be all right."