PEPPERELL -- Let's just say it, Pepperell is known for those parades.
Memorial Day is for honoring fallen veterans, and veterans themselves get nvolved. On the Fourth of July, the day is a celebration of America, and the Guarnieris feel that day owes just as much to them.
"Chapel came up with the original idea," said Lorri Guarnieri. "She felt bad that some veterans had no place to sit for the parade or that they had to come down early and sit in the hot sun just to save their place."
The Guarnieris live at a spot no better -- front row view of Main Street and shade. So last year, for the first time, they invited any and all vets to come down on the morning of the parade, enjoy a brunch donated by members of Guarnieri's support group We Stand Behind Troops that Stand Up For Us, and watch the procession.
Guarnieri said the event went over well last year, saying they even received thank you cards that "brought tears to our eyes."
"I would say that we work on it together but that Chapel is instrumental in it even happening," said Guarnieri, of her 17-year-old daughter. "Most 17-year-olds would rather be at the mall instead of setting up a place of honor for the military, I'm proud of her for that.
"She loves this country and is grateful for those who defend it."
Food donations can be handled through "We Stand Behind Troops Who Stand Up For Us," the military support group run by Chapel. Donelan's provided fresh fruit and pastries last
"Last year, the response was fantastic," Guarnieri said. "To see them all sitting there, honor and duty still making them who they are, was incredible to those who have the eyes to see it."
Any and all area vets are welcome to attend. On Saturday, July 7, brunch will begin at 11 a.m. with front-row parade viewing to follow. The Guarnieri Home is located at 20 Main St. in Pepperell.