Veterans march in the 2011 Memorial Day parade in Long Lake.
Several events will be held in the region this Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans, including services, parades and concerts in North Creek, Indian Lake, Blue Mounatin Lake and Long Lake.
From Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, all active duty military and veterans will receive free coach round-trip and one-way rides to the Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s seven flag stops between Saratoga Springs and North Creek.
On Saturday, May 26, the Saratoga Springs train station will host a brief ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at 9:30 a.m. before the train’s first inaugural departure at 10 a.m. for North Creek. Passengers will be greeted with a patriotic tribute at a number of stops along the train’s route. The railroad depot in North Creek will also feature live music from the Adirondack Mountains Bluegrass Band between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
On Sunday, May 27, the celebration will continue with a “Tribute to the Military” concert featuring the Stephen L. Smith Band at Riverfront Park in North Creek from 1 to 2:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the band will relocate to the Copperfield Inn.
The annual North Creek Memorial Day parade and service will start at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 at the Johnsburg Central School (JCS), where the school band will proceed to the veterans memorial on Main Street, according to Terry Waterston, commander of American Legion Post 629, which sponsors the day’s activities. The rain site will be the school gym.
North Creek Boy Scout Troop 36 will lead the parade and will be joined by local Girl Scout Brownies. Waterston will be the master of ceremonies. The guest speaker will be JCS senior Matthew Hayden, who had attended Boys State program sponsored by the American Legion in 2011.
JCS senior Moriah Amadeo will sing the national anthem. The band will be under the direction of Jonathan DeLappa, and the flag corps will be under the direction of music teacher Mary Leach. The Rev. Ron Allen, chaplain of the American Legion Post 629, will give the invocation/benediction.
Following the service, there will be a gathering at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department, where refreshments will be served.
The American Legion Parker-Benton Post 1392 will begin its Memorial Day events at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28 in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake with the first of a series of four color guard salutes, according to Frank Casazza, the post’s service officer. They’ll say a prayer, play “Taps,” fire a salute and place a wreath on war monuments in town. The stops, in order, will be:
•the monument near the Methodist Church in Blue Mountain Lake;
•the monument near the Blue Mountain Lake firehouse;
•the monument near the Indian Lake Central School;
•and the monument by the Legion Hall.
The four salutes should last about an hour.
In the afternoon on May 28, the American Legion Parker-Benton Post 1392 will host a Memorial Day parade, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Bennett Road, proceeding up Main Street, and ending up at the town hall parking area on Pelon Road.
The Long Lake Memorial Day parade and wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony at the Long Lake bridge, and the parade will continue down Main Street to the cemetery. The procession will visit all historical monuments with members of the American Legion Post 650 and Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department.