Memorial Day observances planned

Afton

A parade featuring the Afton marching band starts at 10 a.m. on the corner of Pleasant and Main streets. It will proceed to the bridge for a salute to those lost at sea, and then continue to Foster Park for concluding ceremonies. Master Sgt. Donald Erckert will be the featured speaker.

Bainbridge

The parade starts at 10 a.m. from Greenlawn Cemetery. It will proceed to the state Rt. 206 bridge where a small ceremony will be held. From there, the procession heads to the village green, where a final ceremony will be held.

At 9 a.m., the Dan Elwood Memorial 5k race will take place at General Clinton Park. Those interested can register at 7:30 a.m. at General Clinton Park that morning.

Greene

The parade starts at 10 a.m. from Moore Memorial Library on Genesee Street. It will then hold brief ceremony at the All Wars Memorial in the center of the village. From there the parade will proceed to the bridge, where there will be a ceremony for veterans lost at sea. The parade will conclude with a ceremony at Sylvan Lawn Cemetery on state Rt. 206. The speaker will be Dale Kirchbaum, acting Commander of the Lloyd O. Jackson American Legion Post #692. Army veterans Amanda and Dennis Shank, both former members of the Army band, will play Taps and Echoes.

All are encouraged to head back to the village after the ceremony at the cemetery, where there will be a welcome home for local Iraq war soldiers.

Guilford

The Annual Memorial Day parade and services made possible by the Guilford Fire Dept. will be held on Main Street in Guilford on May 26 at 8:30 a.m. The line up will begin at 8 at the school garage. Following the parade will be a memorial service and speech by the Honorable Clifford Crouch, New York State Assemblyman. The Guilford Citizen of the Year award will also be presented by the Guilford Historical Society.

This year Guilford will be honoring the deceased Navy pilot Lt. Floyd G. Nelson plus all our veterans of the military service living and deceased. Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq wars will participate plus others who are or were in the military service during peace time. There will be floats or other transportation provided for those who prefer not to march.



Following the parade and services, all are welcome back to the Guilford United Methodist Church for a complimentary continental breakfast where you can meet and talk with our veterans. A special presentation by Millie McKee, sister of Lt. Floyd Nelson will be given.

Oxford

The Memorial Day Parade will begin in Oxford at 9:30 a.m. Led by the members of the American Legion Post # 376, a bus with residents from the NYS Veterans’ Home will also be part of the procession. A salute honoring those who died at sea will be given at the Main Street Bridge. The parade continues to the Riverview Cemetery, with a ceremony and speeches honoring the memory of the departed and a rifle salute.

There will be a fund raising chicken barbecue at the Legion by the SAL at 11 a.m. at the South Washington Avenue Legion after the parade.

McDonough

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will feature the Oxford Academy Marching Band, the McDonough Fire Department and several other organizations. A ceremony will follow after at the Union Cemetery. Ceremony speaker will be retired Army Colonel Hank Burnor. Refreshments will follow at the American Legion Post #1478.

Norwich

The Norwich Memorial Day parade, coordinated by the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC - American Legion Post 189, will begin at 10 a.m. Parade participants will line up outside the VFW on East Main Street and travel to the West Side Park. At 10:15 the Memorial Day program will begin. Master of Ceremonies will be Past Legion Commander Frank Revoir. Post 189 Chaplin, John Tiquin will give the invocation and members of the Norwich High School Choir, directed by Mary Mayo, will sing the National Anthem. The guest speaker for this year’s event will be Father Douglas Cunningham, Pastor of St. Paul’s and St. Bartholomew’s Parishes in Norwich. Cunningham is a Major in the Air National Guard.

Following the program, honor guards from the American Legion and VFW posts will conduct memorial ceremonies at Mount Hope and St. Paul’s Cemeteries for veterans buried there. A wreath will also be placed in the Canasawacta Creek in memory of those lost at sea.

New Berlin

Frank H. Arnold Post 348 of the American Legion will have Reverend Gary Folz from New Berlin be the guest speaker at the Memorial Day services to be held May 26.

A parade will begin at 9:30 a.m., leaving Hyde Park and proceeding south on North Main Street and entering the Milford Academy School lawn on South Main Street where the ceremonies will take place at approximately 9:50 a.m. There will be an open house at the American Legion following the morning’s ceremonies.

Sherburne/Smyrna

The Sherburne- Earlville marching band will kick off memorial day parades in Smyrna at 9 a.m., Monday. There will be a short parade through Smyrna including the Sherburne American Legion members. The guest speaker will be Joseph Angelino. The band is scheduled to march in Earlville at 10 a.m., and meet with Legion members again for the Sherburne parade. Following the ceremony in Smyrna legion members will drop a wreath over the Landing Road Bridge as they travel back to Sherburne.

Starting from the Sherburne fire house at 11 a.m., the Sherburne-Earlville marching band, legion members and various other organizations will travel to Summit Street. A ceremony is scheduled to occur at the Episcopal Church cemetery where the Gettysburg address will be read. Letters from the service men during WWII will be read as well, they will be on display at the legion. Another ceremony and lunch will be served at the legion. The guest speaker for the morning’s events will be Ralph Griffiths.

South New Berlin

The annual Community Memorial Day Program will be held at the Firehouse at 11 a.m., Monday. Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be Chief Petty Officer Samuel Gainfort (USN, Retired). The program will include music by the Unadilla Valley Central School Band, a reading of The Gettysburg Address, guest speaker First Sgt Bruce Wright (USA, Retired), singing by the Holmesville Baptist Church Men’s Ensemble, and a reading of a poem entitled “A Salute through Time” by author Kim Felter. The benediction will be provided by Reverend Romeyn Kipp of the Holmesville Baptist Church.

The program will be followed by a parade starting from the firehouse stopping at the four corners for the laying of the wreath and rising of the flag by veterans Ken Axtell and parade Sergeant-at-Arms Harold Funke at the Legion Park Monument. The parade will continue down to the cemetery where there will be a short service, laying of a second wreath by area Kindergarten students Meegan White and Dillon Nichols, military honors, taps played by Paul Hudson, and a final prayer by David Dibbell of the South New Berlin Church of Christ. Following the parade there will be the traditional Old Home Day Dinner at the First Baptist Church of South New Berlin and a chicken barbecue at the firehouse provided for by area volunteer firefighters and auxiliary members.

South Otselic

The Otselic Valley Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Perry-Cook American Legion Post #973, will begin at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining should gather at the school at 10:30 a.m. The parade will depart from the high school and travel up Route 13, down state Route 26 and up Gorge Road toward Valley View Cemetery.

Past Post Commander Robert Arnell will be the guest speaker. Donald and Joan Klahs are this year’s parade Marshalls.

A chicken barbecue will start at noon following the ceremonies.

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