American Legion announces Memorial Day plans

NORWICH – Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC, American Legion Post 189-Norwich, N.Y:

Commander William Haines has announced the Memorial Day events for Monday, May 30, 2016, to honor veterans of all wars, Prisoners of War (POWs), Missing in Action (MIAs), the victims of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack, the present day conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and all active duty military personnel worldwide.

The Memorial Day activities will include a parade, guest speaker, veteran ceremonies and the traditional firearms salute, followed by Taps. In addition, there will be a tribute to disabled and senior veterans.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., participants in the Memorial Day parade will line up at the VFW, located at 61 East Main St., in Norwich. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and proceed west on East and West Main Streets to the West Side Park, where veteran services will be conducted, in front of the World War II Monument. The West Side Park is located in the center of the City of Norwich, where the Chenango Court House is located.

This year's guest speaker is Christine Carnrike, Mayor of the City of Norwich. She is a 1982 graduate of Norwich High School and the proud aunt of Patrick Hart, who is currently serving with the U.S. Navy in the VP-4 squadron, deployed in Sicily, Italy.

Parade participants will include: the Norwich City Police and Fire Departments; the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department; the Norwich High School (NHS) Marching Band; American Legion Post 189; American Legion Auxiliary; Sons of the American Legion; American Legion Riders; VFW Post 2782; VFW Auxiliary; Boy Scouts; Cub Scouts; Girl Scouts; Brownies; Patriot Guard Riders and disabled and senior veterans. The National Anthem will be sung by the NHS Madrigal Chorus, with the “echo” taps to be played by trumpeters from the NHS marching band.

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