Sponsored by the Port Henry Fire Department Auxiliary, MacBoston 18 Truck will return as part of Port Henry’s annual Labor Day celebration. The fire truck is an inspirational and memorial vehicle in tribute to fallen firefighters.The truck includes the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty engraved on its side. A local firefighter’s name will be added to the truck during this year’s Labor Day celebration. Beverly Pratt, the father of Port Henry Past Chief and Past President William (Billy) Pratt’s father, will be honored.
As it has done for more than 120 years, Moriah will mark the unofficial end of summer with its annual Labor Day celebration.
Activities are planned Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, in the village of Port Henry. The festivities are sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.
“We hope to have fun, a lot of good food and great weather,” said Jack Woods, president of the Moriah chamber. “We’re really looking forward to it.”
The celebration will begin Saturday when the North Country Travelers Band will perform at Port Henry beach 6 to 9 a.m. The concert will be followed by a fireworks display at the beach.
A chicken barbecue will be held at noon Sunday on Main Street at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Place. At the same time groups will start lining up for the traditional Labor Day parade, which will start at 1 p.m.
The theme for the parade this year is “The Champlain Bridge.” A new Champlain Bridge linking the area with Vermont is scheduled to open this fall.
Martin Bezon, who was at the opening of the old bridge in 1928, will serve as parade grand marshal.
The parade, which will start on Broad Street and proceed to Main Street before ending at Park Place, will also feature at least three bands — one from Crown Point, another from Plattsburgh and one from Montreal. Bands command $3,000 or more to march in parades, Woods said.
“It’s very costly,” Woods explained. “The cost of a band is astronomical. We try to put on the best show possible, but it’s very difficult. We’re still negotiating with two more bands, so we may get them, too.”
Following the parade the bands will perform on Church Street, where vendors will be set up along with amusement rides. Penelope the Clown will also be on hand to entertain children.
Sponsored by the Port Henry Fire Department Auxiliary, MacBoston 18 Truck will also return as part of Port Henry’s annual Labor Day celebration. The fire truck is an inspirational and memorial vehicle in tribute to fallen firefighters. Mac is in memory of firefighter Paul MacMurray of Hudson Falls; Boston refers to the city of Boston, where the truck was purchased; 18 was MacMurray’s badge number. The truck includes the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty engraved on its side.
A local firefighter’s name will be added to the truck during this year’s Labor Day celebration. Beverly Pratt, the father of Port Henry Past Chief and Past President William (Billy) Pratt’s father, will be honored.
“Mr. Pratt was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call in May 1956,” Port Henry Fire Chief Jim Hughes said. “Mr. Pratt’s name will be added to the other plaques which adorn this rolling memorial. It is our intent to present the plaque to Bill’s family as we pause during the annual Labor Day parade. Very special thanks and recognition must be given to Auxiliary President Jeannie Ball who was instrumental in making this request possible.”
Pratt, 38, died when he fell from a Port Henry fire truck en route to a blaze.
The Port Henry Fire Department organized the annual community Labor Day celebration for a century. The chamber of commerce took over those duties two decades ago.
“The community is excited,” Woods said. “We’ve had some more people step up and help us this year, which is greatly appreciated. The (Ticonderoga Federal) credit union and Glens Falls National) bank are involved and so are a number of citizens. It’s good to see more people involved.”