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Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area
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2016 List of Memorial Day Parades in the Capital Region
Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.
Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.
Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. Follow the lead of IAVA (the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) and pledge to take a moment of silence at 12:01 pm ET on Memorial Day to honor those veterans who have lost their lives since 9/11. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.
Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day. The Waterloo Festival in 2016 takes place May 27-30 and with the parade on May 30th.
Also note: If you are marching in a parade, line-up is usually about 1/2 hour before the start of the parade.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Starting at 6 p.m., Scotia's 89th Memorial Day Parade will be held on their main street, Mohawk Avenue.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Starts at 6:30 pm sharp. The parade will begin at Warrior Path-Mohonasen High School and finish at the Rotterdam Town Hall at Rotterdam Town Hall on Sunrise Boulevard. Memorial Service on Monday, May 30 at 2:30 pm at Rotterdam Town Hall Monument.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Starts at 6 pm. Hudson Avenue and Route 4 will be closed for the evening.
Steps off at 6 pm starting at the corner of Haviland and Main St. Continue down Main Street, right on Fifth to Ferry Blvd. and into Veterans Park for a brief ceremony.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
The memorial parade will form on Westbrook Road and proceed at 11:30 a.m., north on Canada Street to Shepard Park.
Starts at 9 am, will process down Milton Avenue with a wreath ceremony at the bridge over the Kayadeross, followed by a ceremony at the Village's war memorials on Low Street.
Sunday May 29, 2016
Town of Enfield Memorial Day Parade
The parade kicks off a 1:00PM on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in front of the Old Town Hall Museum. Roads along the parade route, including route 5 at the Old Town Hall , will close to traffic shortly before the parade starts and remain closed until the parade passes.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Steps off at 9 am at Ontario Street and Central Ave, and proceeds east on Central Ave, continuing east on Washington Ave to parade’s end at N. Hawk St just east of the NYS Capitol. The Reviewing stand will be at the State Education building on Washington Avenue.
Kicks off at 11 am on West Poplar Drive, then will proceed down Elsmere Avenue to a right on to Kenwood Avenue to a left on to Adams Place to a right on to Adams Street to a right on to Delaware Avenue and will end at the Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park where there will be a flag raising ceremony, prayer service, Taps and the playing of the National Anthem.
The parade will begin at 11 am, rain or shine. The parade route is from 124th Street and Fifth Avenue, travels south to 115th and Fifth Avenue, turns onto 115th Street to Second Avenue, goes north on Second Avenue to end at 122nd Street and Second Avenue.
The parade kicks off at 10:00 am and proceeds from the Watervliet High School parking lot to 19th Street, east to 2nd Avenue, then south to 16th Street and ends at the Veteran's Memorial Park where a memorial service takes place honoring all veterans.
Steps off at 1:30 pm. The new 2015 parade route will begin and end at the North Greenbush Town Hall. From Town Hall, it will continue down Main Avenue past Stewart's, go right onto Route 150, continue along Route 136 (Whiteview Road) to Brookside Avenue, and up Main Avenue back to Town Hall. The event will conclude with ceremonies at the Town Hall to honor our Veterans and to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Wynantskill Fire Department. Immediately following the ceremonies the Town and Fire Department willhost a free family picnic for all attending.
Starts at 10 am at the Civil War Monument on Glen Street, proceeding to Crandall Park Pond. For information call (518) 615-0446.
Parade kicks off at 10 am at Main & Church Streets, followed by ceremonies in Wood's Park.
The parade will begin at 10 am at the corner of Boltwood and Seaman Avenues and will conclude with ceremonies at the Mountain View Cemetery.
Begins at 10 a.m. at Rogers Park, proceeds to the monument for a memorial service and continues to Veterans Park.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Greenwich V.F.W. Post #7291 and Greenwich Post 515 American Legion will sponsor this annual parade, which steps off at 6pm from the Bridge at Washington St., up Main St., on to Wilson St., & ends at the VFW on Abeel Ave.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Starts at 6 pm. Parade starts at the corner of Fifth Street & Palmer Avenue, proceeds down Palmer Avenue, right on Main Street, and left on Maple St. to St. Mary's Cemetery
Saturday, June 11, 2016
The 49th Annual Flag Day Parade, sponsored by the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, is scheduled for noon on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The parade steps off from North Broadway and continues to Congress Park.
If you know of other Memorial Day Celebrations in the Albany area, please email us and we will add them to this list.
Check out some of the stories and thoughts of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who is credited with holding the Union position at Little Round Top at Gettysburg, and was an eloquent professor of rhetoric from Maine besides.
Or read about Robert G. Shaw, who was the 26-year-old commander of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first black regiment of the Civil War. Matthew Broderick starred as Colonel Shaw in the 1989 film about the regiment, Glory, which also featured Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.
You could also discuss with them the patriot Nathan Hale, who was the first American captured and executed for spying on the British during the Revolutionary war. He is the originator of the often-repeated "I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country."
For a bit more recent history, you might show your children the famous picture of Strank, Block, Sousley, and their comrades taken just before these three died on Iwo Jima, and talk about what it means.
Or, you might stick with the incomparable words of Lincoln on the topic, so that your children understand that indeed, the heros we honor on Memorial day have done much more than their share, and that it is "for us the living,...to be dedicated....to the great work which they who fought ...have thus far so nobly advanced."