By JIMMY LAWTON
Veterans’ organization will host services on May 28 to honor soldiers who have lost their lives as the nation celebrates their sacrifice and memory on Memorial Day.
Services in the Postdam-Canton area will be held as follows:
Marchers line up at Potsdam Central School on Leroy Street before they step off at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. traveling down Leroy Street and Market Street into Ives Park.
The parade will include vehicles and representatives of area fire and police departments and rescue squads, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Potsdam high school band, and members of the VFW, American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
Anyone else who would like to participate should call VFW Post Commander Bob Staire at 842-7204.
In Ives Park, a rifle team and veterans will lead people to the gazebo, where there will be speeches and services. Stanley Crump of the DAV will serve as keynote speaker. There will be a presentation and guest speakers including Mayor Steven Yurgartis and Supervisor Marie Regan.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231 will present its annual parade at 10 a.m.
The event will begin with the release of a wreath over the Main Street Bridge, followed by a ceremony at the village park. The color guard will proceed to the cemetery where a volley will be fired accompanied by “Taps” to honor the late World War II veteran Don Gilson.
Individuals or groups participating in the ceremony are asked to be at the Army Reserve center, West Main Street, by 9:30 a.m.
The VFW members will assist veterans who want to participate, but are unable to march in the parade. For assistance please call the club at 386-8953.
The ceremony will also honor law enforcement officers.
Following the ceremonies, refreshments will be served at the VFW Post Rooms, Gouverneur Street.
The Norwood Memorial Day Celebration will start at the American Legion and continue to the Spring Street Bridge where a brief memorial to Navy veterans will be held.
The parade will start on Spring Street at 11 a.m. It will continue to Park Avenue and end at the Norwood Village Green.
The parade will stop at Norwood Village Park where a service honoring all veterans who have served or are serving the country will be held. This will include a POW/MIA table reading and a flag folding by the ROTC. Speakers include Norwood American Legion Post Commander Elaine Saarinen, Father Snow and First Vice Commander Jim McFadden.
The parade will include the Norwood-Norfolk High School Band, Norwood Brass Fireman, the Norwood Fire Department, the West Potsdam Fire Department and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts clubs.
A luncheon will be held at the Norwood American Legion Post 68 for all parade participants following the service in the park.
Ogdensburg’s Memorial Day parade begins at the Ogdensburg Public Library at 10 a.m. The route will cover State Street to the Ogdensburgh Cemetery, where a ceremony will take place with members of VFW Post 2936, the American Legion and Forsyth’s Rifles.
A soup-and-sandwich luncheon will follow at the AmVets post, 215 Ford St.
Earlier in the day, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. on the St. Lawrence River, with boats leaving the city dock at 7:30 a.m.
Massena's Memorial Day parade tarts at 10:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church.
It will travel to Veteran's Memorial Park for Memorial Day ceremony at about 11 a.m.
Colton Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. in the Colton-Pierrepont High School parking lot.
The parade in Colton will start at 10 a.m. and travel through town to the cemeteries.
Following the ceremonies participants will regroup in South Colton for a parade beginning at the post office and continuing to the cemetery on Snell Road. The Parade will end at the fire station, where a ceremony will take place.
Marchers will include the Colton-Pierrepont School Band, the Colton and Pierrepont Fire Departments, and a color guard of veterans.
American Legion Post 514 is host of Memorial Day ceremonies in the Brasher-Stockholm-Lawrence area on Monday.
The schedule of ceremonies is 9 a.m. at Winthrop Cemetery, 9:20 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 10 a.m. at Veterans Park in Lawrenceville, Hill Crest in Lawrenceville 10:20 a.m., St. Lawrence Cemetery at 10:40 a.m., and St. Patrick’s Cemetery at 11:30 a.m..
The procession will be at Main Street Bridge in Brasher Falls at noon, and ends up at American Legion Post 514 in Winthrop at 12:30 a.m.