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Miller Minutes with Butler Eagle reporter, Molly Miller

Patriotic holidays like Memorial Day are nearly as awesome as Christmas to me. Not just because I like food made on the grill or an extra day outside, but also because of the fanfare of parades and ceremonies.

Bands and military organizations will be marching down Main Streets across the county this weekend to honor fallen soldiers, and I hope people will show up to watch, clap and wave a flag.

This holiday is a celebration of those who gave their lives in pursuit of freedom, and to forget or even ignore that sacrifice would be devastating. This is more than just a day off.

No one deserves to be forgotten.

Since the soldiers we have lost can no longer hear our cheers and our thanks, the least we can do is honor them in our hearts and thank the ones who still remain. Whether you decide to attend a parade or not, remember who this day is really for.

Although, I doubt anyone would fault you for enjoying a Memorial Day hot dog, too.

Following here is information about Memorial Day parades and events.

Go on a free nature walk starting at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Todd Nature Reserve, 367 Kepple Road, Sarver. Explore the reserve’s birds, plants and more with a park naturalist. Dress for the weather! Register on the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s website, aswp.org/events.

Butler Two Steppers will have a dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Tanglewood Center, 10 Austin Ave., Lyndora.

The Prospect Memorial Day Parade and Community Day will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street. The event will include local vendors, food and more.

On Sunday, Cranberry’s Memorial Day remembrance ceremony honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The event begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial in North Boundary Park, 1171 N. Boundary Road in Cranberry Township, and will include speakers, music and refreshments.

Services are also planned in Evans City, Sarver and Rimersburg on Sunday.

On Monday, come to the Butler Diamond Park around 10:30 a.m. for the Memorial Day ceremony and parade.

Also on Monday, Memorial Day ceremonies are planned in Chicora, Saxonburg, Slippery Rock and Rimersburg.

Early next week, auditions for the Summer Dramatics Project’s production of “Oklahoma!” will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Musical Theatre Guild building in Butler Memorial Park, 100 Memorial Drive. People auditioning will be taught a piece of music to sing, a dance, and be given a reading piece. No preparation is needed for the audition.

For more information, visit the “Summer Dramatics Project” page on Facebook.

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