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May 28-31, 2010

144th Consecutive
Memorial Day Observance

May 30, 2010

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Memorial Day in Waterloo is more than the first holiday of the summer season. Much more!

Waterloo residents already are planning for this summer’s 11th annual Celebrate Commemorate activities, set for May 28-31.

The Celebrate Commemorate committee is chaired by Jane Shaffer and David Duprey. Committee members meet at 7 pm the first Wednesday of the month at the Waterloo VFW, 35 West Elisha Street. New members are always welcome.

This weekend the village also welcomes friends and family members who return home for this special event. “We are proud that you share our values of family, community service and patriotism. You will always find a warm welcome here, in the Birthplace of Memorial Day,” Shaffer added.

“You will find events for the whole family,” said co-chair Dave Duprey. “To all our visitors, old friends and new friends alike, Welcome Home!”

Co-chairs: Jane Shaffer, 315-539-3353
Dave Duprey, Village Trustee 315-521-9715

 

For the past ten years, a dedicated committee has met monthly to plan Celebrate Commemorate, a celebration of their dearly-won freedom.
Our theme, "Waterloo Remembers " will continue pay tribute to our men and women in uniform.


You’re likely to run into a president or two -
wherever you turn during Celebrate Commemorate. John Bayliss will return as President Abe Lincoln
and this year he will be joined by Gib Young as President Theodore Roosevelt.

On Thursday, President Theodore Roosevelt will meet school children and present awards
to the winners of the annual essay contest at Waterloo High School auditorium at 1:15 pm.

Both presidents will participate in the Freedom Parade at 11 a.m. followed by a Presidential Press Conference at the National Memorial Day Museum at 1 pm Saturday. They will take questions from the press and public, especially about their work for equality for all. Both men were familiar with the dangers of office, since both were shot while President.

Lincoln, our 16th President, served during the Civil War and is credited with freeing the slaves and working to preserve the Union. He will deliver the Gettysburg Address from the steps of the National Memorial Day Museum at 2 p.m. before he and Mary Todd, his wife, visit the troops at the Civil War encampment on Oak Island.

Roosevelt, our 26th President, is credited with establishing the National Park Service, breaking up trusts and ensuring the construction of the Panama Canal. He will speak on the importance of the National Park Service at the M’Clintock House at 2 p.m. Saturday and will go to Lafayette Park where he will pose for pictures with children who bring their cameras and teddy bears.

            On Sunday, Roosevelt will be at the M’Clintock House from 1-2 pm and will ride the train with Merry Mischief at 3 pm. Tickets for the train, at $15 each, may be purchased at www.fingerlakesscenicrailway.com


After all the celebrating, on Sunday May 30, in keeping with General John A. Logan's Orders, the village's veterans organizations will sponsor a solemn commemoration of the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for freedom.

On Saturday and Sunday, activities get under way at 8 am with a breakfast buffet and continue non-stop throughout the day. There will be encampments and cannon firings by Civil War groups, musical concerts and entertainments every hour on the stage at Lafayette park, train and wagon rides, historic walking tours, more than100 arts and crafts vendors, and food of every variety. The most festive event at Celebrate Commemorate is always the Freedom Parade on Saturday. Marchers in this year’s Freedom Parade will men, women and young people who make our community a better place.

The  parade will step off at 11 a.m. for the march down Main Street to Lafayette Park.
All are welcome. Call Kaaren Gerlach at 315 539 2927 to sign up!

This year’s parade will feature two past US Presidents!  President Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt will lead a group of Civil War reenactors. Among the featured  music groups will be The Hit Men from Rochester, back by popular demand. The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Their antics enliven the parade route. They will perform a mini concert at the Main Street-Virginia Street intersection.

Topping off the musical groups will be the Waterloo High School marching band and the 5th and 6th grade band. School children are invited to bring their pets and join the lineup.  Neighborhoods are welcome to ride their decorated bicycles.

A unique feature of the parade this year will be a parade within the parade as afe Harbors of the Finger Lakes presents “Walk a Mile in her Shoes.” Men are urged to don women’s shoes to make the one-mile trek to salute those who work to overcome gender violence.

The parade will be led by the Waterloo VFW American Legion color guard. It will feature youth groups, church floats, marching groups, political leaders, antique tractors, Woodie cars, and others.

Sunday events include a breakfast buffet, a 5K run on a certified course through the village, and the always-popular car show, with antique and classic cars and Woodies parked along Main Street and conclude with a concert on the stage in Lafayette Park from 4:15 - 5:30 pm.

The National Memorial Day museum, the village's Terwilliger Museum, and the M'Clintock House, part of Women's Rights National Historical Park, will be open during the weekend and on Memorial Day (May 30).

On Sunday May 30th, The Official Memorial Day, Veterans organizations will gather at 10:30 to march from the VFW to Maple Grove Cemetery for services at 11. In the afternoon, the traditional Memorial Day parade will march down Main Street at 6:00 pm, for ceremonies in Lafayette Park.



 
Rise and shine on Celebrate/Commemorate weekend with breakfast at the American Legion
On Saturday morning, May 29th, a buffet breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 am at the Legion home at 1 E. Williams St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, meat, fruit cup, toast, juice, coffee and that Army staple, chipped beef on toast.
Start Memorial Day right with breakfast at the VFW
Waterloo Memorial Post 6433 VFW will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 30th, at the post home on East Elisha Street. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit cup, toast, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 per person.

What would a festival be without food?  Pretty boring. What would a festival be with free food. Wow!
This year’s Celebrate Commemorate will have a special treat – free food!  A new culinary tent will feature top chefs from 4-H, restaurants, and the community who will demonstrate their favorite recipes and offer samples to the audience. Recipes will feature products grown or produced in New York.

The new culinary tent is being organized by Linda Lawrence and Katie Nelson of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Stop by and see what’s cooking!
 


ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

LAFAYETTE PARK

Saturday May 29th & Sunday May 30th

10:00am – 5:00pm

Crafts/Vendor Application


World Renowned Artist, from Rochester
Diane Dengel


will be demonstrating her unique painting technique and will be selling her
work and dolls!

Over 100 Vendors! Featuring expert crafts from all over the area, things you have to see to believe – including but not limited to: 
handmade wood items, paintings, jewelry, dolls & doll clothes, fudge, candles and oh so much more!

KIDS Korner = FUN!

Celebrate Commemorate is a family affair with lots of special events for kids.

On the Lafayette Park Stage, Moreland the Magician and the puppetry of Tom Knight will delight young
and old alike. Moreland the Magician will take the stage at 12:45 following the parade, and Tom Knight will
perform at 1:45. All performances are free.

At Oak Island, youngsters and their parents are invited to take a ride in a wagon pulled by a team of miniature horses owned by Glen Loveless of North Rose. The rides will be given from Noon - 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at Oak Island.

The popular Kids Korner returns at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with members of the Snapettes leading youngsters in games for prizes.  Daffy Dill the Clown will delight visitors to Kids Korner from 2:30 to 4:30
on Saturday and 2-4 on Sunday.

It will be a red, white and blue tribute to the Armed Forces at 12:30 on Saturday when the Snapettes Twirlers step out on the newly renamed Memorial Day Place (formerly Park Place). Under the direction of Angela Jones, the Snapettes will dance, spin and twirl in tribute to our men and women in the military.
"We are grateful to the members of the military who preserve our freedom at home and in foreign lands," Jones said. "The girls present this tribute as a thank you to our men and women for their service and for the sacrifices of their families."
Don't miss this stirring exhibition that is sure to fill you with pride and get you cheering.
 

Horse and Wagon Tours

The popular horse and wagon tours will return to Waterloo for the Celebrate Commemorate weekend. Carl and Dot Blood of Rushville will bring their draft horses for a half-hour ride through the village.

Tours will run from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tickets, $1 for adults and children from grade 6 and older, will be available at the ticket booth on the east end of Lafayette Park.

That's where the tickets for the historic walking tour also will be available. Led by village historian Bea Contant and her team of guides, the tour follows the route of the walking tour brochure. Fascinating
facts about the village's colorful history will be explained. Tickets are $2 for the one-hour tour, which will be offered from 12:15 pm to 3:15 pm.

Canal and Lock tour

Finger Lakes Water Adventures will offer narrated tours on the Cayuga Seneca Canal aboard a pontoon boat on Saturday and Sunday. The tours will last an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, taking passengers from Oak Island through Lock 4 to Seneca Falls and back. The trips will leave at 10 am., noon, 2 pm and 4 pm each day.

The boats will hold two to six passengers. There will be snacks available for purchase on board. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are available at Stivers Marina on Seneca Lake, Geneva, and Nugent Hardware, Main Street, Waterloo. Remaining tickets will be available at Oak Island on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, go to www.fingerlakeswateradventures.com

Ever want to walk on water? Visitors to Celebrate Commemorate will have an opportunity to walk on the Cayuga-Seneca canal in a hamster ball, thanks to Fuzzy Guppies, the festival’s newest attraction. It’s just one of the many water activities being featured on and near the canal. The folks from Fuzzy Guppies will take visitors to their docks about a mile west of Oak Island where they can enter the inflated plastic sphere and try to stand or run on the water.

If more traditional watercraft is to your liking, the Fuzzy Guppies will have human powered craft including paddle boats, canoes and single and double kayaks to rent at Oak Island.  Or learn about the history of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and its big cousin, the Erie Canal aboard a Water Adventures Boat Tour at 10 am, noon and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Landlubbers will enjoy taking a ride in wagons pulled by mini horses from noon to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, taking a stroll on the Cay-Sen Trail on the south side of the canal, or watching boats pass through Lock 4.

Learn about the Civil War by visiting the encampment on Oak Island and pay tribute to those who gave their lives by visiting the American Civil War Memorial.

In the evening, everyone will gather for fireworks by Telstar that will soar over the canal from the trailhead across the canal.

 

Classic, sports and antique cars will return to Waterloo on Memorial Day weekend for the 11th annual....

"Wheels on Main Street"

Cars, cars cars! Wheels on Main Street, the Celebrate Commemorate car show gets bigger and better every year! And this year's 11th anniversary event will be outstanding. The event is being coodinated by Bob and Bev Good and Lou and Alice LeBrun and committee. Join the crowds who stroll down Main Street from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 30 to see the lovingly restored classic and antique autos, the hot rods and stock cars that used to race at the fairgrounds, sports cars, vintage tractors, and of course the Woodies that come home every year to the village where they were manufactured.

Lou LeBrun at lmlalebrun@rochester.rr.com
or
Bob Good at Rgood3@rochester.rr.com
0712Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, NY 13165
315-539-3162.

The first 100 entrants
will receive a commemorative gift

 

Click here to view a video clip from the 2008 show!

To register send your name, address, phone number with area code, club affiliation if any, vehicle make, year and model to:

Bob Good
0712 Waterloo-Geneva Road,
Waterloo NY 13165.
For more information, call
315-539-3162

Lions Club Hosts Woodie Reunion

The Waterloo Lions Club will host he annual Woodie reunion, a gathering of the wooden-bodied cars manufactured in Waterloo from 1939 to 1957. Chair Gary Valerio said Woodie owners will meet at the American Legion for breakfast on Saturday morning, participate in the Celebrate/Commemorate parade at 11 am and tour local wineries before returning to Waterloo for a banquet in the evening at Emile’s Restaurant.

            On Sunday, the Woodies will park in front of the Main Street Shop Centre during the car show.
 

Civil War Encampments:

Will set up on Oak Island in the village

Reynolds Battery L.

 

Reynolds Battery L. 1st NY Light Artillery was formed in 1982 to honor the original battery and educate the public about the Civil War. Members of Reynolds' Battery are all volunteer and come from as far away as Buffalo and Ithaca. The original Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery, was raised by John A. Reynolds of Rochester, NY, in September 1861. Recruits were drawn mostly from Rochester, but ranged from all over Western & Northern New York, and Canada. On October 18, 1861, the Battery was officially mustered into the United States Army in Elmira, N Y. They were armed with the first six Model 1861 3" Ordnance Rifles in the country. From Elmira, the Battery was sent to West Virginia. Their first engagement occurred when a section under Lieutenant Loder came into action in Charleston, WV. On 28 August 1862, the Battery was transferred to the I Corps, Army of the Potomac, and it participated in all the engagements of that Corps until 1864, including Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. In March 1864, the Army of the Potomac reorganized and the I Corps merged into the V, which Reynolds' Battery served with through the end of the war, including the battles of Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. Of the approximately 115 men who had originally joined the Battery, 25 still remained with the unit at the time it was mustered out of service on June 17, 1865. A total of 320 men entered service as members of Reynolds' Battery L. Of these, nine were killed or died from wounds received in action while 14 died from sickness contracted in service. In 1982, Frank Cutler gathered some like-minded reenactors and founded the 1st New York Light Artillery, Reynolds' Battery L. At first, the Battery had a 3/4 scale cannon, which was sold to raise money for another cannon and this pattern of making and selling was begun. Slowly, over the years, Reynolds' Battery began to reach its goal of fielding four 3" Ordnance Rifles with limbers The group received its first 3" Rifle in 1987, the second was fielded in 1996 and the third in 1997. Although the group members take their hobby very seriously, they have a lot of fun while educating the public and, most importantly, honoring those of the Civil War.

The 148th
New York Volunteer
Regiment of Infantry

 

In the reenactment community, the 148th New York Volunteers are considered veterans. Established in 1962, the 148th is the oldest Civil War reenactment organization in New York State. Since its founding, it has participated in several hundred Civil War battle reenactments and hosted scores of living history events, marched in parades and given presentations for schools and historical societies. Even though the organization is built on a military impression, families participate in the recreation of a time in American history when everyone was touched by the events, not just the soldiers serving in Dixie. The original 148th was recruited from the Finger Lakes regions of New York. They were assigned to the Army of the James and served under Major General Benjamin "The Beast" Butler. Some of the battles they participated in were Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, Chaffin's Farm, Fair Oaks, the Appomattox Campaign, and the post-war occupation of the city of Richmond. They had five Medal of Honor recipients, and suffered more than 500 casualties. The 148th of today recruits its members primarily from the Finger Lakes area. In 1962, the 148th began with six members from the Ovid Camp of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Membership in the SUV is a tribute to those "Sons of the Finger Lakes" who answered Lincoln's call for 300,000 more!


The American Civil War Memorial pays tribute to the sacrifice made by citizens of Waterloo during the Civil War, and recognizes the soldiers from the North and the South who gave their lives in the conflict. The Civil War exacted a great toll on the American people; it was one of the most arduous times in our history when more lives were lost than in all our other wars combined. The Memorial, designed by sculptor Pietro del Fabro of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, will be built in Lock Park along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, part of the Erie Canal System. Pietro’s design incorporates the Memorial into the historic canal environment of Waterloo and provides a destination for visitors arriving from town, those hiking the planned recreational trails, and boaters cruising the inland waterway. The Memorial includes individual cenotaphs for each man from Waterloo who died in battle and a North South Cenotaph recognizing all lives lost in the war. The North South Cenotaph will be constructed of stones sent from the 36 States which were in existence at the end of the Civil War. There will be tours of the American Civil War Memorial Saturday at 2:00 and 4:00pm.

ACWM Website

LIVING HISTORY DAY

            Travel back in history when Celebrate Commemorate presents Living History Day on Saturday, May 29.  Visit the encampment of the 148th Infantry and other Civil War groups on Oak Island. Members of the 140th Signal Corps will demonstrate the art of communicating with flags while Reynolds Battery L will demonstrate live cannon firing at noon, 3 pm and dusk. Meet President Abe Lincoln with his wife, Mary Todd as they visit the troops. See the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War as they cook, mend and live in tents just as they did when they followed their loved ones during the battles of the Civil War.

            Waterloo’s newest historical group, the Mary Gahan Tent #109 of the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, will be chartered and officers installed at the Gridley Inn on Saturday. It will be the seventh tent in New York State in the organization formed to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. The tent has been formed to coordinate programs and events with the Village of Waterloo, the American Civil War Memorial and the DUVCW Department of New York State. The Village has assigned ownership of the ACWM to the DUVCW while promising to maintain its grounds and provide security lighting.

            Pay respects to those who gave their lives in our nation’s bloodiest war by touring the American Civil War Memorial at 1 and 3 pm Saturday. Join the reenactors for a wreath laying and celebration reception of the chartering of the Mary Gahan Tent at the Memorial at 5:30 pm.  Joining President Lincoln for the ceremonies will be Mary Dirk, president of the DUVCW Department of New York.

            Plan to end the day at a Civil War style campfire on Oak Island with music by Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads beginning at 7 p.m. 

Stay at Oak Island for the fireworks by Telstar that begin at 9:30 pm

 


 

Museums Open

Visitors to Waterloo can learn about the history of Memorial Day, the founding of the village and the birth of the women's rights movementat the village's museums and historical sites.

 

The Terwilliger Museum, open during the celebration weekend, illustrates the history
of Waterloo from its earliest
Native American residents at Skoi Yase.

Over the last year, the familiar Memorial Day Museum at 35 E. Main St. has undergone a transformation in keeping with its new status as the National Memorial Day Museum.

Over the Celebrate Commemorate weekend
be sure to include a visit to our museum to
view newly installed exhibits detailing the
origins of Memorial Day in Waterloo, NY.

 

The new Civil War Room will take visitors through the story of the Civil War and how, through its unimaginable numbers of casualties, prompted a heightened culture of mourning and the creation of Memorial Day.

The new Memorial Day History Room features extensive exhibits on the major players of the Memorial Day concept, these being Henry C. Welles, Gen. John B. Murray and, of course, the venerable Gen. John A. Logan. The exhibit also highlights the 1966 Centennial in Waterloo that led to the recognition of Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Also on display, an exhibit of historic images, poetry and prose that were generated throughout the 19th century to commemorate Memorial Day, then known as Decoration Day.

Wrapping up the new exhibits is a room devoted to the history and work of the Grand Army of the Republic or G. A. R. and the Women’s Relief Corps in carrying out the work of spreading the concept of Memorial Day, in the 19th and 20th centuries, throughout the nation.

We look forward to seeing you!


The M'Clintock House on East Williams Street, where the Declaration of Sentiments, the platform of the women's rights movement, was written, will also be open during the weekend. The home, called one of America's treasures, is now part of Women's Rights National Historical Park and is being restored by the National Park Service.


The M'Clintock House will be open Saturday May 29rd and Sunday May 30th, from 12-5 p.m. Admission is free.


Train Excursions

Saturday & Sunday 1 & 3 pm


Hop on board the Red White and Blue Express during Celebrate Commemorate. Take a Finger Lakes Railway train tour through Waterloo, Seneca Falls and over the Seneca River to the Montezuma Causeway at Cayuga Lake. Live entertainment will be featured on each train by Seneca Soundwaves, Merry Mischief and guitarist Steve Duprey. Concessions and souvenirs also are available during the train ride.

The train runs at 1 and 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Boarding for the 90-minute round trip  begins 15 minutes prior to departure. All tickets, at $10 each, are sold on line at www.fingerlakesscenicrailway.com or at the Finger Lakes Railway’s Border City office at 315-374-1570. Lapsitters age 2 and younger ride free.


Certified 5K Run # NY04023AM
Sunday, May 30th, 2010
With PCR DAG Timing System by Paul Richards, Results will be given immediately
at end of the race.

ENTRY FEE:
$18.00
and all participants will receive a commemorative
T-shirt, scoresheet, and Photograph.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place medals will be awarded
in 14 age groups!

Plaques will go to the top three
male & female overall finishers
.

5 K Walk/Run Race

More than 100 runners are expected to participate in the eleventh annual Celebrate/Commemorate 5k walk and run on Sunday, May 30th. Chairman Jack Sutliffe said the field has grown every year for this event, attracting runners from throughout the area. This year's event is certified NY04023AM. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. race start. The route will begin and end in Lafayette Park and will wind through the beautiful, historic village. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. Each participant will receive a picture crossing the finish line and a Celebrate / Commemorate T-shirt. With PCR DAG timing system by Paul Richards, the results will be given immediately at the end of the race.

To register or for more information, contact
Jack Sutliffe at 539-4348
sut@rochester.rr.com.

Click here for an application

Photo by Lori Duprey

 

Food for everyone!

The always-popular Patriot Pizza Eating Contest will again be featured at Celebrate/Commemorate. The fun begins at 3:45. Saturday, May 29th, in Lafayette Park. The contest, sponsored by Ciccino's Pizzeria,
challenges contestants to down a pizza as fast as they can. "This is a contest of speed, not quantity," explained chair Jane Shaffer. "It's not how many pizzas you consume, but how fast you can chow down." Contestants may use any technique to consume the pizza. Popular methods are to fold the pie, roll up each slice and pile slice on slice, Shaffer said. The winner will be the first person to finish all the pizza, including the crust. Contestants throw up their hands and open their mouths when they are finished. The timing stops when a contestant swallows the last bite. Entry fee is $5 payable to Celebrate/Commemorate. Applications are available at Ciccino's or Nugent's Hardware. Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Ciccino's. For more information, contact Jane Shaffer at 315-539-3353.  

FOOD CONCESSIONS:
* Celebrate Committee Food Booth - Hot Dogs - Hamburgs - Hot Sausage & Ciccino's Pizza *
* Ma & Pa Kettle Corn* * Wursthaus - German Food *
* Snapettes Twirlers - Baked Potatos, Salt Potatos & Pulled Pork sandwiches*

* Jim & Linda's Fried Dough & French Fries * * Dar's Delights: Home Made Ice Cream*
* Waterloo Lions - Strawberry Fest * * Girl Scouts - Cotton Candy & Sno Cones * Wrap Sandwiches *
* Kate's Pretzels*
* On Site Catering * * R-Sales * *Michael Anthony - Italian Ices *
* 1st Presbyterian Church - homemade pies *


BREAKFAST BUFFETS:
Serving 8:00am - 11:00 am

Sat May 29th - American Legion,
1 E William St.

Sun May 30th - VFW, 29 E Elisha St,

For more information please contact:
John Stoughtenger
315-651-6301


BBQ'S By J&R Catering:
Chicken BBQ's
Sat May 29th - Waterloo in Bloom
Sun May 30th - Waterloo Rotary

 

 
 

 

MEMORIAL DAY BIKER RALLY

One of the most popular new features of Celebrate Commemorate is our annual Biker Rally. The rally will be held on Monday, May 31, and is expected to attract more than 100 riders. Entry forms are available at www.waterloony.com, or participants may register at the VFW, 29 West Elisha St., from 8 to 10 a.m. the morning of the ride. Led by riders of the New York Patriot Guard, bikers from throughout the area are invited to join the "Ride for Respect" to pay tribute to our troops.
Riders will leave the VFW at 10 a.m. under the direction of ride captain Nigel Heaton of the New York Patriot Guard Riders. They will return to the VFW by about 1 p.m. where a buffet luncheon will be available. Friends and families are welcome to attend. A merchandise table will offer souvenirs for sale.

 

 

WATERLOO REMEMBERS SOLDIERS' SACRIFICES IN 143rd ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION

Following the weekend of celebration, the Birthplace of Memorial Day pauses to remember the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. The 144th solemn remembrance of Memorial Day in Waterloo will be observed on Sunday May 30. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6433 and Warner-Van Riper American Legion Post 435 will conduct the remembrance events. Memorial Day is always commemorated on May 30 in Waterloo, in keeping with Gen. John A. Logan's Orders. The public is invited to gather at 8:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery on Stark Street for a full military service. At 10:30 a.m. marchers will leave the VFW at 29 West Elisha St. to go to Maple Grove Cemetery on Stark Street for military services at 11 a.m. The solemn remembrance will continue at 6 p.m. when the military parade steps off from Main and Clark streets, proceeding down Main Street to Lafayette Park where several veterans organizations will participate in the laying of the wreaths at the veterans monuments in the park. The program will include the recitation of the Gettysburg Address and Logan's Orders by students from Waterloo High School, the playing of the National Anthem by the high school band, and the Salute to the Dead by the VFW firing squad and the playing of Taps. State Sen. Michael Nozzolio and other dignitaries will speak.

 

For more information, contact:
Earl Bowen at the American Legion, 1 E. Williams St., 315-539-8248
or
David Dressing, VFW, 29 West Elisha St., 539-9771.

 


The guest speaker will be
Penny H. Weston
from Elmira N.Y., the first woman elected to the office of department commandant of the Marine Corps league.

 


 
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