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Organizers raising money for North Shore Veterans Appreciation Parade on Labor Day

Brothers Deli in Lynn is hosting a fundraiser in May to raise money for the North Shore Veterans Appreciation Parade. Front, from left, Mal Maloon, John Sacherski, George Fitzhenry; standing, Mike Sweeney, Steve Castinetti, Ned Shinnick, George Markos, Roger Comeau, and Dave Solimine Sr. (Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN — The North Shore Veterans Appreciation Parade won’t march until after Labor Day, but organizers are raising money for the $70,000 event well in advance.

“This will be the largest parade Lynn has ever seen,” said Robert Lennon, junior vice commander of the Swampscott Veterans of Foreign Wars. “It’s all about honoring every veteran who has ever served.”

On Sunday, May 6, a fundraiser will be held at Brothers Deli on Market Street from 3-7 p.m. Meals will be served for $15. All proceeds will go to the parade thanks to owner George Markos, who has a history of contributing to charitable events.

He is perhaps best known for his annual Thanksgiving meal giveaway to anyone who walks in the deli’s door, a tradition he started in 1993.

“George has told us every penny raised will go the parade,” Lennon said. “We are so grateful for his generosity.”

Slated for Sunday, Sept. 16, the parade will start near the Market Basket on Federal Street, pass the Lucia Lighting & Design store on Western Avenue, and finish at Lynn English High School on Goodridge Street where pizza and other goodies will be served.

In addition to Markos, Wheelabrator Technologies in Saugus has contributed $10,000 toward the parade, and state Rep. Donald Wong held a comedy night fundraiser at his Kowloon Restaurant.

“Everyone has been so generous and we are so excited to see this parade get off the ground,” Lennon said.

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