Supreme sacrifice.

Supreme, meaning "the highest", and sacrifice, meaning, "the giving up of one thing for the sake of another".

That was one of the chief messages relayed by Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs, Henry Desrosiers, guest speaker, to those who attended the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday.

Sponsored by the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization - American Legion Post 269, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134 - the parade formed at Second Street and Delaware Avenue.

Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, fire companies, emergency services, and for the first time in the history of the parade, the Palmerton Booster Club, were among the parade participants. Clare Frank, a third-grade student at S.S. Palmer Elementary, served as Miss Poppy, while Gage Zuberka, a third-grade student at S.S. Palmer Elementary, was the Legion mascot. The color guard included members of Palmerton UVO.

Throughout the parade, the veterans stopped at the Veterans Memorial in the borough park, as well as the monument in front of borough hall, to place wreaths in honor of all veterans, both living, and dead.

Services were held immediately after the parade in the borough park.