CROWN POINT - When Bethany Kosmider was a child, she was thrilled by the bands, floats and horses in the annual Crown Point Memorial Day parade.
The community has observed Memorial Day for nearly 150 years, but what was once a three-day affair is now one day; the parade is dwindling.
"Our (town) Memorial Day committee does a wonderful job," Kosmider said. "But it's getting more and more difficult for them. Bands for the parade cost a lot of money and we just don't have it.
"I'm concerned our Memorial Day isn't what it used to be," she added. "We need to find a way to help the Memorial Day committee, especially with fund raising."
Faced with rising costs and decreasing volunteers, the Crown Point Memorial Day committee decided to scale back the observance in 2010. Last year was Crown Point's 142nd annual Memorial Day observance.
The weekend-long carnival was dropped. The traditional parade, fireworks and cemetery tour remained.
"The committee has herd from people that they would like to make it a two-day event," said Yvonne Dushane of the organizing committee in May. "But keeping it one day saves money and is more in keeping with the traditional meaning of Memorial day. The committee will have to decide."
The Memorial day committee will starting making plans this month, Dushane said. Much of the planning will be based on financial concerns.
"We need money," she said. "People want to see more bands in the parade, but bands are very expensive. We hold fund raisers, but times are hard for everyone now."
The town of Crown Point contributed $5,000 to the Memorial Day activities, Dushane said, but virtually all the money goes to fireworks.
Dushane is also a town board member.
Kosmider has asked the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce for help.
"I'm not certain what we can do, but we'll help in any way possible," said Matt Courtright, chamber executive director. "We'll certainly help with the marketing and promotion."
Kosmider is hoping Crown Point residents may have ideas. If so, she wants them to call her at the town hall. She also hopes residents will volunteer to serve on the Memorial Day committee.
"I want to make it a grand parade," she said. "I'd love to see more bands, floats, horses. I hope we can improve on an already great tradition."