Saranac Lake Memorial Day parade.
Memorial Day services are planned throughout the community, along with parades and other events.
The American Legion Posts of Lewis and Elizabethtown are organizing the annual Memorial Day parade and Memorial service to take place in Elizabethtown on Monday, May 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and starts from Hand Avenue by the History Center Museum. The parade will proceed south along Court street passing by the County government center and ends by the Elizabethtown golf course. After the parade, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day service in the Windsor Park, which is across the street from the Grand Union. Elements of the parade will consist of military service veterans, Boy and Girl Scout troops, fire departments, equestrian riders, classic and antique cars and Civil War re-enactors.
In Saranac Lake, the annual parade from the Veterans Memorial Association clubhouse on Broadway to Riverside Park will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28 outside the Vets’ Club. Members of the American Legion Post 447 and Saranac Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3357 will take part in the activities.
A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Riverside Park, or inside the Harrietstown Town Hall if it rains. The guest speaker will be JR Owens, who will recognize and honor Vietnam veterans by reading a story, according to First Vice Commander Raymond Boula.
“I know quite a few Vietnam veterans in town, and they don’t get the recognition they deserve,” Boula said.
Boula is a Vietnam veteran, serving seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including one tour of duty (1970-71) in Vietnam, where he was a radio operator for a mortar team in the field. This was the time when the Marines were being pulled back.
Boula invites all veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, to march in the May 28 parade.
In Tupper Lake, the annual service will be at 11 a.m. May 28 at the veterans memorial on Park Street, followed by a reception at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Dan McClelland, publisher of the Tupper Lake Free Press, will be the guest speaker.
American Legion Post 326 will mark Memorial Day with a series of events throughout the community, including a parade down Main Street and a complimentary lunch open to the public at the Legion Post (located at 316 Main Street, across the street from Stewart’s).
The American Legion will raise and lower flags to honor deceased veterans.
At 9:35 a.m., a flag will be lowered to honor David Hunter and one will be raised to honor Lynn Wilson at the Adirondack Community Church.
At 9:55 a.m., a flag will be lowered to honor Charles Smith and one will be raised to honor George “Mickey” Blair at the Adirondack Medical Center.
At 10:10 a.m., a flag will be lowered lowered to honor Leo Jewtraw and one will beraised to honor Leon Strack at Uihlein Living Center.
At the American Legion Post after the parade, flags will be lowered to honor James Von Dell, Carl Thompson and Raymond Preston, and raised to honor James St. Louis, Robert K. Edgley and Alexander Vitvitski.
Westport Ladies Auxillary and members of the American Legion will host a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28 on the front lawn of the library. Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m.
Town Supervisor Dan Connell will act as Master of Ceremonies, the Boy Scout Troup will carry the colors and band members from Westport Central School will perform the music for the event.
The event’s speaker will be Jim Davis.