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September 10, 2012

Up to 30,000 visited Delhi in 1957 for parade of armed forces


Upon arrival at American Legion Park, those in the grandstand and on the grounds heard a few addresses by high-ranking personnel from the military groups. Delhi resident and nationally known author and news commentator John W. Vandercook was the master of ceremonies.

Gen. A.C. O’Hara, commanding general of the 27th Division of the New York National Guard, praised the members of the Gleason Post saying, “The acquisition of such an array of military equipment and display in a town the size of Delhi is nothing short of a miracle.”

In addition to the speakers, the Sherburne American Legion Post Drill Team staged a precision exhibition which received tremendous applause from the jam-packed grandstand. The First Air Force Band gave a brief concert.

Immediately after the introductory event, the parade marchers were served lunch in the cafeteria of the Delaware Academy and Central School, which was no small task. “Mrs. E.A. Smith, who was in charge…reported that 1,577 meals were served.”

For the rest of Saturday and Sunday, there were crowds looking at displays, or taking in demonstrations. On Saturday afternoon there was an assault on a pillbox by a detachment of Marines. On Sunday there was a concert by the U.S. Military Academy Band from West Point. At one point during the program, four jet planes flew over the park as a salute to the armed forces.

This weekend: Oneonta was blitzed in a campaign of thrift in 1917.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or e-mail him at



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