Throughout Northern Warren County this weekend, local citizens and visitors will be gathering along sidewalks to witness the pageantry and patriotism of Memorial Day parades, then attend accompanying ceremonies that honor U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Most all these parades and services are to be held Monday, except for the ceremonies to be held in Lake George on Saturday.
In Warrensburg, the annual parade forms at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Warrensburg Fire Co. firehouse on Elm St. The procession begins at 9 a.m.
Local veterans organizations, including V.F.W. Post 4821 and American Legion 446, will be participating with color guards. The parade will also feature contingents of emergency agencies from nearby communities. The parade will proceed up Elm and Hudson streets to the Warrensburg Cemetery where memorial services are to be held honoring those who sacrificed their lives in various wars and conflicts.
The Warrensburg High School Band will be marching in the procession. Plans call for Art Brown to be Grand Marshal, and community pillar Bill Lamy is to offer a speech, Legion Commander Carson Parker said Tuesday.
A reception will be held afterward at the VFW Post headquarters just north of Stewart's Shop, and all are invited to participate.
Memorial Day ceremonies for the North Warren communities will be held this year on Monday in Pottersville.
The procession forms at 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of the old Pottersville school north of the hamlet and marches south beginning at 10 a.m. on Olmstedville Rd. to the Pottersville Fire Dept. headquarters, where memorial services are to be held. Formation starts at 9:30, and the parade begins at 10 a.m.
Participating are various area fire departments, sports teams and civic organizations as well as American Legion Post 964, V.F.W. Post 5513 and a contingent of the the Legion Auxiliary. A reception for veterans and their families will be held afterwards at the Legion Post.
In Lake George, the annual Memorial Day parade is set for Saturday morning May 29. The procession forms at 11 a.m. on Beach Road in the village, and marches up Canada St., beginning at 11:30 a.m., to Shepard Park where memorial ceremonies are to be held. A reception is scheduled afterwards at the American Legion Dugout on Rte 9L.
In Stony Creek, Memorial Day ceremonies are set for Monday May 31, with a parade that begins at 11:30 a.m.
The procession assembles at 11:10 at the Stony Creek Town Hall, then heads to Four Corners, then proceeds to the town's John T. O'Neill Memorial Park where a memorial service will be held near the veterans monument. Refreshments will be offered to the public afterwards at the town hall. A color guard of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Co., the Stony Creek Emergency Squad, and the American Legion William J. Varney Post 862 are scheduled to participate.