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Waterloo Remembers
May 22-25, 200

143rd Consecutive
Memorial Day Observance

May 30, 2009

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Newsstory1 Suggested lead-in: "Everyone's looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend, and as correspondent Jim Schreck reports, that's especially true in the birthplace of Memorial Day, Waterloo New York. Newsstory1 - fullread


Newsstory2 Suggested lead-in: "Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer but correspondent Dick Evans says for one Fingerlakes village, it's the continuation of a tradition going back to the end of the civil war. Newsstory2- fullread



The Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one in Waterloo. Nik and the Nice guys perform Friday, May 22nd at the Seneca County Fairgrounds, and kickoff a long holiday weekend full of historical and family themed activities. Lafayette Park, in the center of the village will feature music entertainment every hour. over 100 food and craft vendors will be on hand as well as train and wagon rides, a Saturday parade, and Sundays antique and classic car show with restored Woodies, some of which were made in Waterloo. Celebrate commemorate board cochair Jane Schaefer says when planning activities, the idea was to strike a balance.

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Veterans groups will mark the official Memorial Day, Saturday May 30 with a number of solemn activities including a traditional parade and ceremonies in Lafayette Park. A full schedule of events can be found at



In the summer of 1865, Waterloo druggist Henry C. Welles suggested remembering war dead by placing flowers on their graves. The following year He and General John B. Murray rallied the support of other veterans and made plans for a village wide commemoration on May 5, 1866. Two years later, Waterloo joined with other communities in holding their observance on May 30th. Richard Schreck, research chairman for the 1966 Memorial Day Centennial committee says Waterloo's claim as birthplace of Memorial Day is unique.


In 1966, Waterloo was officially recognized as birthplace of Memorial Day by the State of New York, the U.S. Congress and a presidential proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson. A full slate of historical and family themed entertainment in waterloo is set for the weekend of May 23-26, with solemn commemorations planned for the traditional Memorial Day May 30. The full schedule can be found on the Web at


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