WARRENSBURG - In recent days, hundreds of people have been visiting cemeteries throughout northern Warren County, decorating gravesites of loved ones, and many are placing flags at memorials to veterans.
In a matter of days, countless other area residents will see the results of their work.
Across the 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 May 30, except for the ceremonies to be held in Lake George on Saturday May 28.
In Warrensburg, the annual parade, which includes Thurman citizens, forms at 8:30 a.m. Monday may 30 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 Gerald "Bucket" McNeill to be Grand Marshal, and in a departure from tradition, children will be reading some patriotic essays, Legion Commander Carson Parker said Tuesday.
A reception will probably be held afterwards at the VFW Post headquarters just north of the former Stewart's Shop on Main St., and all are invited to participate.
Memorial Day ceremonies for the North Warren communities of Chestertown, Brant Lake, Pottersville and Adirondack will be held this year on Monday May 30 in Brant Lake.
The procession forms at 9:30 a.m. at the old town hall on Market St. The parade, which starts at 10 a.m., proceeds southwest to Rte. 8 and circles around Mill Pond through the hamlet, past the firehouse and ends at the Horicon Town Hall, where memorial ceremonies will be held. North Warren Senior Lindsay Meade will be singing two selections in the event. Parade chairman Joanne Ellsworth said this week that she's still seeking citizens to join the parade with floats and decorated vehicles. Ellsworth can be reached at 494-3642.
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 Chestertown.
In Lake George, the annual Memorial Day parade is set for Saturday morning May 28. The procession forms at 10:30 a.m. on Beach Road at the intersection of West Brook Road, and beginning at 11 a.m., paraders march up Canada St. 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 30, with a parade that begins at 11:30 a.m.
The procession assembles at 11 a.m. at the Stony Creek Town Hall, then heads to Four Corners, then proceeds to the town's John T. O'Neill Green Meadows 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, along with a contingent from the Stony Creek Library.
In Bolton, the town's Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday May 30 in Rogers' Memorial Park on Lake Shore Dr. and proceeds to Veteran's Park. For details, see: www.boltonchamber.com or call 644-3831.
In Lake Luzerne, the Memorial Day Parade starts at 5 p.m. Monday May 30 at the town's "Four Corners" in adjoining Hadley, proceeds across the Bridge of Hope into Lake Luzerne down Main St. up to Rte. 9N and to the local cemetery, where services are held. For details, call 696-3912.
The Town of Johnsburg's Memorial Day parade, starts at 10 a.m. Monday May 30 proceeding down Main St. in North Creek. For information, call 251-2002.