The annual Firefighter’s Memorial Parade kicked off Sunday afternoon in hot, humid weather. The parade, run by South Kingstown Firefighter’s Relief Association, honors firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty, including three local men; William Gray in 1967, Bryon Love in 1968 and Allan LePage in 2009. Prior to the parade there was a service at the memorial stone, located in the front lawn of the Palisades Mill on Kingstown Road.
The members of the Kingston and Union Fire Districts were out in full dress uniforms marching in front of their apparatus. The participants were led along the route by an honor guard from the South Kingstown Police Department. Marching bands from South Kingstown and Narragansett High Schools joined in to add some music and Narragansett was accompanied by its Flag Team Color Guard. Antique fire trucks from all over Rhode Island finished out the celebration.