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"Waterloo Remembers"
May 27-30, 2011

145th Consecutive Memorial Day Observance May 30, 2011


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

This year’s 12th Annual Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day Events will be held May 27, 28, 29, 30th in Waterloo, NY. 
On Monday 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.

These community events continue to highlight Waterloo as the Birthplace of Memorial Day, and each year Waterloo, rightfully so, receives national acclaim. 

The Celebrate Commemorate committee is chaired by Jane Shaffer 315-539-3353 and David Duprey, Village Trustee, 315-521-9715
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!”


For the past eleven 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.

The weekend will once again showcase our expanded Living History Events on Oak Island and at the American Civil War Monument on Locust Street.
This year we are pleased to be able to present character portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt as well as Clara Barton! 
All of whom will be presiding over various events throughout the weekend..

Last year we changed the location of our annual Celebrate fireworks display to the canal banks across from Oak Island. 
The new location worked out great and this year we have expanded the food concessions and entertainment. 
The fireworks will be held on Saturday, May 28th at 9:45 pm across from Oak Island!  Parking and viewing available from Oak Island and surrounding village streets. 

The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extensions’ “Taste of Seneca County” Culinary Tent was a popular new attraction last year and will be back with an exciting expanded schedule featuring guest chefs, summer grilling tips, cooking demonstrations, and so much more!

The  parade will step off at 11am May 28th, for the march down Main Street from Clark Street to Lafayette Park, all are welcome.
Call Kaaren Gerlach at 315 539 2927 to sign up!


In a Commemoration of Freedom,  marchers in this year’s parade will enjoy the freedom that our men and women in the military fight so valiantly to preserve.

“Our event is all about celebrating our freedom and commemorating the sacrifices of those who preserve it,” said Jane Shaffer, chair of the event.
“So bring a flag and wave it proudly as you enjoy the festivities with your family and friends in the Birthplace of Memorial Day,” said co-chair Dave Duprey.

Vocalists from the Waterloo Presbyterian & Methodist Churches will join Mr. Tom Dunn and sing patriotic songs at the reviewing stand in front of the Village Office at 10:45 as a prelude to the parade. As a special treat, the Finger Lakes Patriot Riders Equestrian group from Penn Yan will join the line of march and put on a patriotic equestrian demonstration at 12:45 at the Community Center following the parade. The parade will be led by the Waterloo VFW American Legion color guard and the Patriot Guard riders. It will feature youth groups, church floats, marching groups, political leaders, antique tractors, Woodie cars, and others. This year’s parade will feature two past US Presidents and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.  President Teddy Roosevelt will accompany the Welles Award winner and President Abe Lincoln 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.

41 World War II Veterans are living in Waterloo, NY.

Many of them will be the honored guests in the annual Freedom Parade of Celebrate Commemorate. The parade down Main Street begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28.
            More than 35 veterans will ride on floats, cars and in WWII vet Irv Buchholtz’s red Rambler that plays patriotic music. They will pause at the reviewing stand in front of the village office for a special salute.
            The men include Ron Cox, Jim Lewis, Bob Keebler, Edwin Nelson, George DiPronio, Carl Schoenacker, Edward Boudreau who trained at Sampson Naval Training Station and fought in Japan, Ernest Beckwith who watched his fellow soldiers raise the flag at Iwo Jima, Alfred Myhill, who served at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. and Joseph Nasal, who flew 42 missions in support of Gen. Patton’s troops, and Ralph Felice, a WWII POW. Other WWII veterans include William Ash, Anthony Felice, Bill Foster, Rollie Velte, George Braun, Avery Brigham, Albert Cardinale, Lauren Cole, Joseph Crispo, Wayland Daeffler, William Flemng, Tony French, John Godley, Jack Jarvis, Doris Lutz. And Richard Marsh, Thomas Radke, Jeesse Rausch, Frank Scale, Fred Scheltz, Alton Stahl, John Stahlnecker, George Vreeland, Jerome Wolff and Andrew Wooden, Joseph DiCicco, Wilson Huff, Richard Haynes, Robert Dinan.
Immediately following the parade the WWII veterans and their spouses will be guests of honor at a luncheon at the VFW, 29 East Elisha St. 
 The invitation says, “This is being held in your honor and it is to thank you for your service to our country.  Many times we take our freedoms for granted.  We remain free because of the sacrifices our soldiers have made.  You were one of those soldiers.  Thank you from all of us. Enjoy your day.  You fought hard for us and we all appreciate it!”


       * Carl Schoenacker, a pacifist, served in the Army Air Corps working on aircraft radios with the 33rd Pursuit Squadron. In the spring of 1943, he was assigned to the 322 Fighter Control Squadron and in October the squadron left for Oran, Africa on its way to China. After one night of the second leg, their ship, HMT Rohna, was struck by a glide bomb and sunk quickly.  Carl and 600 others were saved by the heroic work of the minesweeper, USS Pioneer. This was our nation’s worst loss of life at sea.  He spent all four Christmases of the war overseas. 
            * Joe Nasal flew 42 missions as a top turret gunner in a B-26 following General Patton’s Third Army.
            * Al Myhill served at Normandy in the 53rd field hospital, in Northern France, and at the Battle of the Bulge, earning a bronze star
            * Ernest Beckwith watched the Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima
            * Jim Lewis – Served in an Army Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, during WWII, where he was chief NCO in charge of the Operating Room and then was recalled for the Korean War as an Army Reservist, serving at the 10th Station Hospital in Korea. He was Commander of the VFW for several years, chairman of the Memorial Day parade in Waterloo for more than 40 years and received the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts for more than 50 years of service with the Scouts.
            * Ed Boudreau trained at Sampson Naval Training Station and served in Japan. He returned to Waterloo where he was Middle School principal for many years and served on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors.
            * Jack Jarvis served in the Army Air Corps and was Waterloo’s postmaster for 14 years
            * Bob Keebler built a baseball diamond in his back yard where generations of young people learned to play ball.
            * George DiPronio was drafted at the end of the war, and helped build the New York Thruway as an engineer for the State of New York.
            * Ron Cox – Mr. Music in Waterloo and at Hobart College, he led the music program at the two schools, earning many accolades at Band Pageants for Waterloo’s marching bands and sharing his love of music with generations of students.
            * Edwin Nelson– Twice Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors and Chairman of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. A leader in the Finger Lakes Association tourism program, he founded Ye Olde Wood Shoppe Village in Waterloo and advocated for small businesses and the development of the Finger Lakes Regional Airport. As a Gideon and co-founder of Real Christmas, he has shared his faith with thousands throughout the Finger Lakes.


Making Banner



Barbara Rotz and Kaaren Gerlach put the finishing touches on a banner saluting Waterloo's 41 living World War II veterans. The vets will be honored in the annual Celebrate Commemorate parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, and at a luncheon in their honor hosted by the Waterloo Veterans of Foreign Wars. “Many times we take our freedoms for granted. We remain free because of the sacrifices our soldiers have made," Gerlach said. "It's time to say thank you. They fought hard for us.” .









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).

Rise and shine on Celebrate/Commemorate weekend with breakfast at the American Legion
On Saturday morning, May 28th, 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 29th, at the post home on East Elisha Street. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit cup, toast, juice and coffee.

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 the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Stop by and see what’s cooking!
Arts & Craft Show - LaFayette Park
Saturday May 28th & Sunday May 29th
10:00am – 5:00pm

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 so much more!

World Renowned Artist, from Rochester
Dianne Dengel

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

Diane Dengle


Crafts/Vendor Application

Our policy: The park is primarily to be used for the Arts & Crafts vendors, food vendors and entertainment.

All other non Arts & Crafts vendors such as local community organizations, (with the exclusion of: Home Improvement, Activism, and Health related fundraisers), will be accepted on a space available basis and are subject to committee review.
IF THE PARK IS FULL of arts and crafts, then the non arts and crafts vendors will be located along Main Street or Williams Street as needed.
IF the park is NOT FULL the non-arts & crafts vendors will be allowed to be located in the park, but NOT intermixed with the arts & crafts vendors.
The committee reserves all rights as to inclusion into the show.

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.

KIDS Korner = FUN!

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

The popular Kids Korner returns at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday,
with members of the Snapettes leading youngsters in games for prizes. 


Horse and Wagon Tours


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 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 Tours

Finger Lakes Water Adventures will offer tours on the Cayuga Seneca Canal 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

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. 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 12th 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 29th 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.

Bob Good at
0712Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, NY 13165

The first 100 entrants
will receive a commemorative gift


Click here to view a video clip!

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


Lions Club Hosts
Woodie Reunion

Click here for an application

The Waterloo Lions Club will host this annual gathering of the wooden-bodied cars manufactured in Waterloo from 1939 to 1957.

Woody Schedule


Living History
Events will be on Oak Island and at the American Civil War Monument on Locust Street

Schedule of Events

Travel back in history when Celebrate Commemorate presents Living History Day on Saturday, May 28th.  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 as he visits 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. It is 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.

   Stay at Oak Island for the fireworks by Pyrotecnico that begin at 9:45 pm

LIving History Tent
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


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 movement at 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.

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.



M'Clintock House

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 28th and Sunday May 29th, from 12-5 p.m. Admission is free.


5K Race

Certified 5K Run # NY04023AM
Sunday, May 29th, 2011
With PCR DAG Timing System by Paul Richards,
Results will be given immediately at end of the race.

12 & Under $12.00
All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, scoresheet, and 2 Photographs, including one crossing the finish line with the time clock included.

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 29th. 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 539-3889

Click here for an application

Click here for a Race Route Map

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 28th, 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.  

* 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 *
* 1st Presbyterian Church - homemade pies *
Cayuga Lake Creamery - Ice Cream

Serving 8:00am - 11:00 am

Sat May 28th - American Legion,
1 E William St.

Sun May 29th - VFW, 29 E Elisha St,

For more information please contact:
John Stoughtenger

BBQ'S By J&R Catering:
Chicken BBQ's
Sat. May 28th - Waterloo in Bloom
Sun. May 29th - Waterloo Rotary

ood Tents


Fourth Annual
Celebrate Commemorate
Memorial Day Biker Rally

Click for Registration Form

Lead by the Patriot Guard Riders of NY

Sponsored by Lifecare

One of the most popular new features of Celebrate Commemorate is our annual Biker Rally. The rally will be held on Monday, May 30, and is expected to attract 200 riders. Entry forms are available at, 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.

$20 per rider /$10 passenger
(Includes Ride and Meal)

NYPGR, Waterloo VFW, and Waterloo American Legion

Ride with us around the Finger Lakes this Memorial Day and show your support for those who served to protect our freedoms.

Registration: 8 – 10 am
Ride: 10:00 am – 2 pm (approx.)

Click here to view a video clip!




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 145th solemn remembrance of Memorial Day in Waterloo will be observed on Monday 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:
Stan Grela at the American Legion, 1 E. Williams St., 315-539-8248
Charles Thomas, VFW, 29 West Elisha St., 539-9771.



MG Dennis E. Lutz graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1973 and was commissioned through ROTC as a Lieutenant, Signal Corps, US Army. His first assignment was with the 4th Battalion, 37th Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky,
where he served as the Battalion Communications Officer.

In 1976, MG Lutz transitioned into the U. S. Army Reserve. He has served as a platoon leader in the 812th Signal Company, had staff assignments with U. S. Army Communications Command, TRADOC (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command), the 98th Division, and the 98th Signal Battalion. In 1985 he commanded the 692nd Signal Company (Corps Area) and became the S3 of the 98th Signal Battalion in 1987. He served in a variety of staff assignments with the 359th Signal Brigade from 1990 through 1995. In 1995 he commanded the 3/391st Training Battalion, 98th Division (IT) and in 1996 took command of the 1/391st Training Battalion. In 1998 he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, 98th Division (IT). In April 2000 he assumed command of the 656th Area Support Group. In June 2002 he assumed command of the 359th Signal Brigade. In July 2005 he assumed command of 335th Theater Signal Command, was mobilized and deployed into Southwest Asia Theater, returning to the United States in September 2006. While deployed he was responsible for Army communications and Network Security throughout the CENTCOM (United States Central Command) area of operations. Upon returning he was responsible for almost all Army Reserve Signal and Chemical units in the Continental United States, a command of over 8000 soldiers. In September, 2009 he gave up command and retired from the Army.

MG Lutz is a graduate of the Signal Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the U. S. Army War College. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the parachutist badge.

MG Lutz is married to the former Helen Brys of Cleveland, Ohio. They have been married for over 38 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Major General Dennis E. Lutz