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Cities and Towns to Host Memorial Day Events | News, Sports, Jobs

By on May 28, 2021 0

File Photo Several vehicles are pictured during a Memorial Day parade in the city of Poland. Several events across South County are scheduled for the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives in service to the country. Many towns and cities have events to do just that.

¯ Blue Star Mothers New York Chapter 4 is holding its Gold Star Memorial Saturday at 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park on West Third and Logan Streets in Jamestown. The Blue Star Mothers honor the residents of western New York who gave their lives in the service of the United States by recognizing their left behind Gold Star families.

Attending the ceremony are State Assemblyman Andrew Gooddell, State Senator George Borrello, County Executive PJ Wendel, a representative from the office of United States Representative Tom Reed, Mayor Eddie Sundquist and former Senator of State Cathy Young.

Holly Baker, former president of the American Gold Star Mothers of New York and mother of Sgt. Brian K. Baker, who was killed in action while serving the country in Baghdad, Iraq, will be the keynote speaker.

A Color Guard, traditional three-volley salute and tap dance will be presented by local veterans organizations. A white balloon will be released after the name of each hero is read as a solemn act of tribute.

¯ The Town of Gerry will hold a Sunday service at 1:00 p.m. at the Cemetery on Route 60. The Cassadaga Valley Band will perform, Robert Clark will lay the wreath, Dave Rowley of WDOE will speak, Chaplain Larry Petrie of Heritage Village will perform blessing, the Cassadaga legion will make the salvo and the children of Cassadaga Valley will play tap dancing and bugles.

¯ Sherman Village is hosting a Memorial Day Parade Monday at 9:00 a.m. The parade will start east of Main Street and end at the monument in front of the Yorker Museum. The Sherman Central School Marching Band will give a musical performance at the monument to conclude the parade.

¯ Findley Lake will not have a parade, but there will be a brief program on Monday to honor veterans at the Downtown Gazebo starting at 10 a.m.

¯ The American Legion Henry Mosher Post 638 will hold a procession at Falconer on Monday at 10:15 am The procession will end at Pine Hill Cemetery.

The village of Panama is hosting its Memorial Day parade on Monday. The queue starts at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Panama Central School. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and ends at the Lower Panama Cemetery.

¯ The city of Poland has a Memorial Day parade on Monday at noon. The queue for the parade starts at Town Hall and the parade ends at Riverside Cemetery. Thereafter, a ceremony will take place at the cemetery.

¯ The big reopening weekend of the Bemus Point-Stow ferry will be crowned with a ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives in the service of the country. Monday at noon, the ferry will pay tribute in the middle of the bottleneck with a bagpiper, a band from the Ellery VFW and Taps from a volunteer.

¯ The 97th annual Sinclairville Memorial Day celebration will be held on May 31 at the Soldiers’ Memorial in Evergreen Cemetery.

The annual parade has again been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Color Guard and Veterans will meet at the David Vern Luce Community Building and walk to the cemetery for the ceremony. Participants are encouraged to practice the guidelines of covid-19, as defined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The keynote speaker will be Frank Lauricella from Charlotte. Captain Lauricella was the Environmental Officer for New York State Region 9 and is now retired after 36 years of service in the state. He graduated from Frontier High School; Paul Smith College; the DEC State Police Academy and Session 260 of the FBI National Academy. In response to the World Trade Center terrorist act on September 11, 2001, Lauricella was sent to New York to support recovery operations.

¯ Instead of a traditional parade, the Cassadaga Lakes Association is organizing a boat parade on Monday. Boaters are expected to gather in the middle of the lake at 1:45 p.m. with patriotic adornments and the parade will begin at 2 p.m. The parade will follow a route through the fairway and around the entire lower lake. Spectators can watch the parade along Dale Drive, Lakeview Ave., portions of Maple Avenue and down to the beach on Park Avenue.

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