Memorial Day events planned throughout Chenango


Afton’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Pleasant and Main Streets and proceed to the bridge to remember those lost at sea. From there, the procession leads to Foster Park, where the guest speaker will be Thomas Vail. Afton Valedictorian Casey Mohrien will deliver the Gettysburg Address; salutatorian Jonathan Gewerth will recite “Flanders’ Field.” Pastor John Snell will give the invocation. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Afton Central School auditorium.


Bainbridge’s Memorial Day program will be dedicated to the memory of three Bainbridge natives: Milford “Dusty” Dyer and Fred Neidlinger, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and Ben Simonds who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

The parade will line up at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Elementary School. A service will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the Greenlawn Cemetery before the parade itself gets underway at 10:30. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Roger Barnhart will serve as parade marshall. The parade will wind its way through the village streets to the River Bridge, where veterans will honor sailors lost at sea before continuing on to the Village Green.

American Legion Post 806 Vice Commander Richard Rusakiewicz, USAF retired, will serve as M.C. for the ceremony which will feature a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by Bainbridge - Guilford Valedictorian Steven David Howe and a reading of “Flanders’ Field” by Salutatorian Cody Dillon Woods. The Bainbridge-Guilford High School Marching Band and bag-piper Eric Wilcox will also perform.


The parade will begin at the old school on the end of Fayette Street at 10 a.m. Anyone participating in the event is asked to arrive by 9:30. The parade will progress from the school to the cemetery, where Mayor Toni Campbell will give a speech. Pastor Jeremy Stopford of the First Baptist Church will give the invocation. Boys State Delegates Paul Gavett and Robert Marvin will be reading the Gettysburg Address.

The Earlville Fire Department will be paying tribute to their fallen firefighters at 9 a.m. in the Village Park.

Following the parade, the Sons of the American Legion will hold a chicken barbecue in front of the Methodist Church.


Greene’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. sharp in front of Moore Memorial Library. Lead by Parade Marshall Bob LaRocque, the parade will include members of the American Legion Post 692 Colorguard, Fire Departments from Greene, Coventry and Brisben, Mayor Marcia Miller and other dignitaries as well as the Greene High School Marching Band and various scouting groups.

The parade will progress down Genesee Street to Memorial Park, where a wreath will be laid at the monument, before proceeding to the bridge, where tribute will be made to veterans lost at sea. From there, the procession will continue to Sylvan Cemetery where an invocation will be made by the post’s chaplain. The post commander and village mayor will each give a short address before the dedication of graves and gun salute takes place. Music will be provided by the Greene High School Marching Band and Chorus.

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