A local community will honor those who have fallen in the line of duty for country as well as those who honor their sacrifice by serving their community Memorial Day Weekend.
The Town of Crown Point will host its 146th Memorial Day ceremony Sunday, May 25, and Memorial Day, May 26, with the theme, “Honoring Community Volunteers.”
“Crown Point is honored to be holding our 146th annual event to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of our local men and women,” Memorial Day Committee Chairperson Jodi Gibbs said. “This year’s theme is in recognition of the sacrifices our firemen and EMS personnel make on a daily basis to serve others. We are very appreciative of their caring service and dedication.”
Along with the theme, Gibbs said the The AE Phelps Fire and Rescue Department will serve as Grand Marshal for the annual parade, stepping off at 2 p.m. Memorial Day.
Events begin Sunday, May 25, with an ecumenical service at the bandstand in Veteran’s Park at 11 a.m. The park opens with rides, concessions and vendors at noon, with entertainment from Loose Connection on the main stage from 2 until 4 p.m.; Penelope the Clown from 4 to 8 p.m.; and North Country Travelers on the main stage from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be a fireworks show at dusk located at Crown Point Central School.
On Memorial Day, the park will open for rides, concessions and vendors at noon, along with entertainment from Penelope the Clown. The parade begins at 2 p.m., making its way along Main Street. Entertainment continues on the main stage with the group White Hot Monkey Love from 4 to 6 p.m.
Solemn Cemetery Tour
A Solemn Cemetery Tour will be held Memorial Day morning, with members of the Crown Point Central School Chorus and Boys Scouts Troop 70 helping to honor those who lay in rest at local cemeteries.
The tour will start at the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 9 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance by Troop 70, invocation by Father Kevin McEwan, a choral selection, honor roll call and Taps.
The tour will next stop at the Congregational Church at 9:15 a.m. with Pledge of Allegiance, prayer by Rev. David Hirtle, choral selection, honor roll call and Taps.
At the Ironville Cemetery at 9:45 a.m., the Pledge of Allegiance will be followed by a choral selection and reading of the Gettysburg address along with honor roll call and the playing of Taps.
The tour will next go to the White Church Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. with Pledge of Allegiance, choral selection, speaker Joan Hundson, laying of flowers, honor roll call and playing of Taps.
Ceremonies will be held at the Fairview Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. with Pledge of Allegiance, prayer by Rev, Gregg L Trask, choral selection, honor roll call and playing of Taps.
There will be a bridge flotilla at the Putnam Creek Bridge at 11 a.m. with Pledge of Allegiancem choral selection, wreath ceremony with Deanna Joiner, honor roll call and the playing of Taps.
The tour will next stop at the Forestdale Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. with Pledge of Allegiance, prayer by Hirtle, choral selection, honor roll call and Taps.
The tour will conclude with Pledge of Allegiance, choral selection, speakers Charles Harrington and Kama Lee Ingleston, presentation of Colors by the Boys Scouts, honor roll call and Taps at the Veteran’s Monument in the Park at noon.