A pair of veterans will speak during Hague’s 10th annual Memorial Day celebration and observance. The event will be held Saturday, May 26.
A pair of veterans will speak during Hague’s 10th annual Memorial Day celebration and observance.
The event will be held Saturday, May 26.
Speaking will be Ray Tolar, a World War II Marine veteran, and Thomas James, a Vietnam Air Force veteran.
“This year we are honored to have two military veterans as guest speakers,” said Madeline Pelkey. “They will share with us their views on the true meaning of Memorial Day based upon their own experiences. The dedication will be complete with drum rolls, musket salutes, Taps and the roar of the canon as it fires out over the lake. This, you won’t want to miss.
“It’s very emotional,” Pelkey said. “There’s not a dry eye in the place; it’s beautiful.”
The observance is sponsored by the Hague Senior Citizens Club. Pelkey is chairwoman of the organizing committee.
The Memorial Day service will be at 3:30 p.m. and will cap a day of activities at the town beach on Lake George.
Throughout the day FunFest will be held in the town park. It’ll begin at 10 a.m. with a dog show under the direction of Linda Benway and Leslie Midgley. Registration for the dog show will begin at 9 a.m. It will include pets for adoption from the Westport SPCA and Ticonderoga’s Angel Connection. For information call Midgley at 585-6666.
Magic Patti will perform at 10:45 a.m.; Eat, Sleep & Funk Jazz will be in concert at 11:45 a.m. and the Cambridge Band will play at 12:30 p.m.
Also taking part will be Nancy Carlson of All About Critters in Ticonderoga. She’ll present “Unwanted Pets.”
Throughout the day there will be WOKO radio personality Steve Pelkey, craft demonstrations, a white elephant sale, demonstrations by the Champlain Valley K-9 Search & Rescue Team, an exhibit by Up Yonda Farm, food concessions and children’s games and face painting.
The “Memorial Game” will be played all day to raise money in support of the annual observance.
The traditional Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Hague Community Center on Route 8. It will proceed to the town park. The parade theme is “God Bless America.”
Bertha Dunsmore will be parade grand marshal.
“Bertha does so much behind the scenes in Hague,” Pelkey said. “She’s been very involved in the community over the years. Everyone knows Bertha, but not everyone knows all that she does. We’re thrilled to honor her.”
The parade will feature more than 100 units with six bands, floats, clowns, classic cars and more.
“The first 22 units will all be military-veteran related,” Pelkey said. “There will no doubt this is a Memorial Day parade.”
A highlight of the parade will be the participation of the Battenkill Joey Clowns. The 20-member clowning troupe is comprised of people with developmental disabilities and staff at Battenkill Community Service.
“I’m really excited to have them,” Pelkey said of the Joeys. “It’s an activity that has changed the lives of the people who take part. It’s inspiring.”
Pelkey acknowledged the financial support of the community for the annual Memorial Day celebration and observance.
“We thank all who have contributed to our efforts,” she said. “Truly your support is a welcome addition to our budget which we tightly control. You do make a difference.”
People wish to donate toward the event can make checks payable to Hague Senior Citizens Club Parade Account and mail them to the Hague Community Center, PO Box 509, Hague 12836.
Joining Pelkey on the Memorial Day committee are Mike and Maureen Cherubini, Emily Cobb, Pat Hintze, Joan Steitz, Ray Snyder, Jon and Jan Hanna, Gladys Graser, Diane Faranick and Bertha Dunsmore.