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Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area

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2017 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 24, 2017

Scotia Memorial Day Parade: Starting at 6:15 pm. 

Town of Colonie Memorial Day Service: 6 pm at the Crossings.

Waterford Memorial Day Parade: 7 pm followed by a service at Soldiers and Sailors Park.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

City of Cohoes Annual Memorial Day Parade: The parade will commence at West End Park at 6:30pm, with step off scheduled for 7PM. The parade route will move east along Columbia Street and then north along Remsen Street to Canal Square and finish at the review stand.

Saratoga Springs Memorial Day Parade: Come honor those who have given their lives for our country. The City of Saratoga Springs invites you to the 2017 Memorial Day  Parade and Commemorative Ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Join with our local veteran groups and organizations to honor all those lost in service to our country. The parade will begin at North end of Broadway and continue through downtown to Congress Park.

56th Annual Rotterdam Memorial Day ParadeStarts 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 29 at 2:30 pm at Rotterdam Town Hall Monument.

Schoharie Memorial Day Parade: Starts at 6:30 pm followed by a service at Veterans Park at the corner of Main and Spring.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Greenwich Memorial Day Parade: Greenwich V.F.W. Post #7291 and Greenwich Post 515 American Legion will sponsor this annual parade, which steps off at 6 pm. 

South Glens Falls ParadeSteps 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.

Stillwater Memorial Day Parade: Starts at 6 pm. Hudson Avenue and Route 4 will be closed for the evening.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ballston Spa: Step off is at 9 am, parade proceeds down Milton Avenue to Front Street.  Wreath ceremony at Kayaderosseras Creek, speakers and presentations at the War Memorial park on Low Street following the parade. Organizers are American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358.

Delanson Memorial Day Parade: 11 am. Line up begins at 10 am on Main Street and continues down 395 through the Village of Delanson with a Memorial Ceremony at Memorial Park.  The Delanson Fire Company is planning a fun-filled field day at the fire house following the parade.

Lake George Memorial Day Parade: This year, the parade will begin on Westbrook Road at 11:30 am and then travel down Canada Street in the heart of Lake George Village.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Downtown Albany Memorial Day Parade: The Albany Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 am on Central Avenue between Partridge Street and the NSY Education Building. This event is hosted by the Tri-county Council of Vietnam Era Veterans.

Bethlehem: The 2017 Bethlehem Memorial Day Parade will step off at 11am on Monday, May 30 from in front of the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post of The American Legion, corner of West Poplar Dr. and Elsmere Ave.  The parade marches Elsmere Ave. and turns right on Kenwood Ave. to a left on Adams Place and then a right onto Adams Street.  The route then turns right onto Delaware Ave. to the reviewing stand at Veterans Park next to Stewarts.  A ceremony is held at Veteran’s Park immediately following the parade.

Bolton Landing Memorial Day Parade: Begins at 10 am at Rogers Park, proceeds to the monument for a memorial service and continues to Veterans Park.

Castleton Memorial Day Parade: The annual Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 29, stepping off at 10 am from Boltwood Avenue.

East Greenbush Parade: East Greenbush Parade, line-up @ 9am @ Spare Time Bowling Alley (park @ Melvin Roads AL Post) and get van to bowling alley, parade ends at Melvin Roads AL Post step-off @ 10am

Glens Falls Memorial Day ParadeStarts at 10 am. The parade route follows Glen Street - State Route 9 to the Peace and Victory Monument in Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street.

Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Services & Parade: Parade kicks off at 10 am.

Knox Memorial Day Parade: Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade - 10am in Berne, Noon in Knox. Food and activities to follow at the Knox Town Hall.

Lansingburgh Memorial Day Ceremony: Join Oakwood and the Veterans of Lansingburgh for our annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, ringing of the Meneely Bell, and placement of flags at the Soldiers’ Plot. James Pratt of the Veterans Mira-cle Center will speak and Nikki Osterhout of H.A.T. will sing. Several community organiza-tions will also be represented. (The ceremony will be held indoors only in case of heavy rain.)

North Greenbush Memorial Day ParadeSteps off at 1:30 pm at Town Hall. Veteran’s Ceremony at conclusion of Parade, FREE Community B-B-Q to follow.

Rotterdam Memorial Day Service: at 2:30 pm at the Rotterdam Town Hall Monument.

Schenectady's Vale Cemetery Service: Formal cemetery 10:30 am. Taps, a flag raising, and the National Anthem will be on the program. Veterans’ groups representing all military branches will participate. Local dignitaries will speak briefly at the Veterans’ Plot.

Watervliet Memorial Day Parade: 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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Corinth Memorial Day ParadeStarts 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