Memorial Day is observed as a national holiday on Monday, but some Chester County towns will mark it on Saturday, some on Sunday, and of course some on Monday.

West Chester, though, observed the day last Sunday with ceremonies in the county courthouse at the Hall of Heroes, which honors Chester County's war dead. An outdoor service at the Civil War Memorial in Marshall Square Park was rained out.

And Malvern will honor veterans on June 1, six days after Memorial Day.

Here's a rundown of local parades and other ceremonies:

West Grove and Avon Grove:

On Saturday, the two towns will mark the event with a 9 a.m. parade from Avon Grove High School, 257 E. State St. in West Grove.

Led by the high school band, the marchers will proceed to a service at the Avon Grove Veterans' Memorial, at Exchange Place and East Evergreen Street, said West Grove Borough Manager Sharon Nesbitt.

West Bradford Township:

On Sunday, West Bradford will sponsor a parade, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Marshallton United Methodist Church, on Strasburg Road near Sugars Bridge Road.

Vince Visoskas, West Bradford assistant township manager, said the parade would feature the Lukens Band, composed of former workers at that steel mill in Coatesville.

The parade will proceed along Strasburg Road to Northbrook Road, where a 2 p.m. memorial service will take place at the cemetery.


Oxford Borough Manager Betsy Brantner said: "Our Memorial Day parade is actually on Memorial Day. People find that interesting."

The parade begins at 10 a.m., from South Street and South Third Street. Led by the Oxford High School band, it will proceed to a service at Oxford cemetery.

Kennett Square:

The tank that was in the parade for the last three years won't be there for Monday's observance. Formerly owned by a member of the du Pont family, it's been sold and is in Montana.

But Mary Hutchins of Historic Kennett Square, which is organizing the Monday event, said the 10 a.m. parade steps off from the corner of Mill Road and Cypress Street in the borough.

And, Hutchins said, with "bands, Little League teams, Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactors," it will move along North Union Street to a ceremony at Union Hill Cemetery.


"is quite nationalistic," said Tom Hrynkow, a retired Marine and adjutant of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, who in charge of the Monday event.

Monday's parade there will step off at 10 a.m. from Beaver Creek Elementary School, on West Pennsylvania Avenue near Lloyd Avenue, and proceed to a veterans memorial near Kerr Park.

Hrynkow said that two marble slabs currently at the site, on which are written names of residents who served in World War I and World War II, will be joined on Monday by three new slabs, listing residents who served during the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam as well as in Operation Desert Storm.

In Elverson Borough

, there will be no parade, Mayor Arleigh Hegarty said, but there will be a 10:30 a.m. service on Monday, at the memorial in the center of the borough, marked by veterans of every U.S. military conflict since World War II.

There will be a laying of a wreath, a salute by a VFW honor guard, and a soloist singing patriotic melodies.

In Malvern

, the annual parade will step off from the borough firehouse at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, according to


. Organizers expect at least eight bands to follow the route along King Street to Memorial Park. After a memorial ceremony there, a Revolutionary War battle reenactment is planned.