Hundreds of residents from Warrenton and beyond cheered, clapped and stomped Monday morning in support of U.S. veterans from the country’s five service branches – the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

A parade started at 10 a.m. on Main Street, and featured patriotic music, service veterans, members of law enforcement -- and of course, red, white and blue unicyclists.

The Memorial Day ceremony in the Warrenton Cemetery was scheduled to start at 11 a.m., but Jeff Dombroff, commander of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 9835, was sympathetic to those standing in the hot sun, and kicked things off at 10:30.

Arden Manson was the keynote speaker. The Wakefield School seventh grader read her first-in-the-state essay on “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

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