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Applewood Residents Celebrate 19th Amendment Centennial

A parade and performance, all in celebration.

AMHERST —The Beatles had their “White Album,” but the residents of the Applewood Retirement Community in Amherst may have topped them with their all-white celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 19th amendment to the Constitution guaranteed American women the right to vote.

Dozens of women dressed in white paraded around the grounds of their home, honoring the suffragettes that fought for the rights of women voters.

There were speeches, songs and a parade, all done in a manner respectful of both social distancing and history.

“Look at the number of people who dug out their white pants or their white skirts, and they made some sashes and they got their summer hats out,” said Nancy Eddy, an Applewood resident and one of the organizers of the event. “They are ready to go!”

It may not have been the speediest parade ever, but the sea of white that meandered through the manicured grounds was a spectacular summer sight.

Harriet Wendell, 100, watched the white parade pass by from her wheelchair, wearing white and a special sash commemorating the occasion. Eight other parade marchers were over the age of 95.

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