Memorial Day events planned in Ogdensburg, Massena, Potsdam, Canton, Colton, Norwood, Morristown, Lisbon, Heuvelton, Tri-Town, Hermon
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 5:34 pm

By LISA HOOVER

Veteran’s organizations are gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 27. The organizations will honor the memory of soldiers who have lost their lives in service to the nation.

Services in the St. Lawrence County area will be held as follows:

Massena

Marchers in the Massena Memorial Day parade will meet between 9:45 and 10 a.m. at Scared Heart Church, Main Street, setting out at 10:30 a.m. to Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Marchers and bands from Trinity Catholic School, Massena Central, the Massena Fire Department and Holy Name of Jesus Academy will be in the parade.

About 30 girls from the academy will sing military hymns and “America the Beautiful.”

Members of the Massena posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Amvets and Korean War Vets will be present.

Herb Spence, Korean War Vets Post 284 commander, will speak about the conflict, which ended with a cease-fire 60 years ago. He will have a list of the service members from St. Lawrence County who died in the war.

The Marine Corps League 685th Detachment will conduct a flag raising.

Amvets Post 4 will present an honor guard and rifle salute.

Bernie Hazleton and Charlene Dumas will play “echo” Taps.

Members of the groups will place wreaths at the monument in the park in remembrance of members who have passed.

Following the ceremony, lunch will be served at each of the veterans groups’ posts.

Ogdensburg

Ogdensburg veterans groups will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 27.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Library Park and continue down State Street to the Ogdensburg Cemetery. Veterans and politicians will speak during the memorial service.

A Color Guard will be provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Forsythes Rifles.

A luncheon will be held at Ogdensburg Amvets Post 69 following the ceremony.

The parade will include the Ogdensburg Free Academy Band, veterans groups, Elks Lodge members, the Ogdensburg Fire Department and Ogdensburg Police Department.

At 7:30 a.m. a wreath ceremony will be held at the Ogdensburg Marina to honor troops who were lost at sea. Ogdensburg Rescue will assist in the ceremony.

Potsdam

The Potsdam VFW has teamed up with the Disabled Action Veterans and the American Legion to host the Memorial Day parade this year.

The Potsdam fire and police departments are expected to participate, as are the Potsdam high school band and the rescue squad.

Parade participants should meet at the high school to line up by 8:30 a.m., with the parade to start promptly at 9 a.m. The parade will follow the traditional route down Main Street to Ives Park, behind the Clarkson University Inn.

At the park a 21 gun salute and wreath dedication will be held, with the wreath being lowered into the river to honor military veterans. Guest speakers, including Stanley Crump of the Disabled Action Veterans, will be featured.

Following the parade and ceremony, a barbeque will be held at the Potsdam American Legion on Outer Pine Street. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.

Canton

The Edward C. Seymour VFW Post will hold the annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at the Army Reserve Center, W. Main St., by 9:30 a.m. to line up.

Veterans who wish to participate but cannot walk in the parade can call the post at 386-8953 to arrange a ride.

When the parade reaches the Main Street bridge a wreath will be released into the Grasse River, followed by a ceremony in the village park.

An honor guard will also visit the Fairview Cemetery to fire a volley and play taps for recently deceased World War II veteran Frank Mace.

The ceremony will also honor law enforcement officers, who celebrate their Memorial Day in May as well.

After the parade, refreshments will be served at the VFW post on Gouverneur Street.

Colton

The Colton Memorial Day parade will begin at Colton-Pierrepont Central School at 10 a.m.

The parade will proceed from the school to the town cemeteries, with a gun salute at each cemetery.

Parade goers will meet again in South Colton at the post office at 11:30 to visit the cemetery on Snell Road, where a ceremony will be held. The parade will end at the fire station.

The Colton AmVets will lay a wreath at the base of the memorial in front of the Colton library in honor of lost veterans.

Parade marchers will include the Colton-Pierrepont School Band, the Colton and Pierrepont Fire Departments and the local cub scout organization.

Norwood

The celebration in Norwood will begin at 11 a.m. with the yearly parade. Parade participants will leave from the American Legion at 10:50 a.m., walking down to the Spring Street Bridge.

Parade goers will hold a prayer service and place a wreath in the water, followed by a 21 gun salute. The parade will then proceed through Norwood to the park, where speeches will be held. Mayor Jim McFaddin will speak and the Norwood-Norfolk high school band will play “America the Beautiful.”

Veterans from several wars will be included in the festivities. Elderly veterans or those who are unable to walk will ride on a float during the parade.

The Norwood Brass Fireman band will play several selections. The band will also play the National Anthem, at which time a flag will be lowered in honor of lost veterans. Taps and a 21 gun salute will also be featured.

After the parade the Norwood American Legion will host a luncheon with burgers, hot dogs and cold salads.

At 1 p.m. a rifle squad will tour the Norwood cemeteries, stopping at Riverside, Calvary, Hale, Norfolk and Daily Ridge Cemeteries. At each cemetery the squad will stop and offer a prayer, followed by a salute.

Morristown

Morristown's annual Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. at Chapman Village Park.

The Morristown Marching Band will play and local World War II veterans will place a wreath at the monument in the park while Taps are played.

A World War II Navy veteran will also place a wreath in the water to honor deceased seagoing military members.

Local Girl Scouts are expected to be in attendance, as well as third and fourth graders, who will place wreaths on veterans' graves in local cemeteries.

The third and fourth graders from Morristown school have also helped to place flags at the graves of military veterans at the village’s three cemeteries, according to Pat Woodcock, one of the Memorial Day organizers.

Lisbon

The Lisbon American Legion will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 27 at 6 p.m.

The parade will begin at Lisbon Central School, County Route 10, and continue to the American Legion at the corner of Five Mile Line Road and County Route 10.

The Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, the Lisbon Central School Band and Cindi’s Twirlers will participate in the parade.

A ceremony will be help at the legion following the parade. Refreshments will also be served.

Heuvelton

The Heuvelton Amvets Post 1997 will host Memorial Day Ceremonies at Hill Crest and Pine Hill Cemeteries Sunday, May 26.

A memorial will be held at Hill Crest Cemetery at 1 p.m. and a second service will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery. Both will include wreath ceremonies to honor troops lost at sea.

A luncheon will be held at the Heuvelton Amvets following the events.

Tri-Town

The Winthrop American Legion will hold Memorial Day services throughout the Tri-Town area.

Services will begin at the Winthrop Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by services at the Fairview Cemetery in Brasher Falls at 9:20 a.m., the Veteran’s Park in Lawrenceville at 10 a.m., the St. Lawrence Cemetery at 10:20 a.m. and St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Brasher Falls at 11 a.m.

Services will also be offered at the LBSH Senior Housing in Brasher Falls at 11:30 a.m., the Brasher Falls Main Street bridge at noon and at the American Legion Post 514 at 12:30 p.m.

The South Glengary Pipes and Drums will participate in the ceremonies.

To have a loved one honored during a ceremony, call the legion at 389-9102 and leave a message with the name, rank, branch of service and cemetery location.

Free grave markers are available at the post.

Hermon

The Hermon Memorial Day parade will be held Monday, May 27.

Participants will line up at the post office at 10 a.m., with the parade to start at 10:30 a.m. and end at the cemetery. Anyone may join the parade.

For more information contact Carol at 347-2487.