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Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area

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2013 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. 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 2013 takes place May 24, 25, 26, 27th and 30th with parades on the 25th and the 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 22, 2013

  • Scotia Memorial Day Parade

    Starting at 6 p.m., Scotia's 86th Memorial Day Parade will be held on their main street, Mohawk Avenue.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

  • Rotterdam Memorial Day Parade

    Starts at 6:30 P.M. sharp. Curry Road and Warrior Path-Mohonasen High School. Open House at the Rotterdam Elks Club, Curry Road follows the parade.

Saratoga Springs Memorial Day Parade

Starts at 6:30 pm. Parade begins on Broadway at Ellsworth Jones Place and proceeds south to Congress Park.

Friday, May 24, 2013

  • Greenwich Memorial Day Parade

    The parade beings at 6 PM on Main Street in Greenwich. It is free, of course. The V.F.W. and American Legion sponsor Greenwich's annual parade; which steps off at 6pm from the bridge & ends at the VFW on Abeel Ave with a final ceremony, followed by food & refreshments; the public is welcome.

  • Stillwater Memorial Day Parade

    Starts at 6 PM. Hudson Avenue and Route 4 will be closed for the evening.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

  • Ballston Spa

    Starts at 9:00 AM, Milton Avenue. Sponsored by American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358.

Monday, May 27, 2013

  • Downtown Albany Memorial Day Parade

    Starts at 9:30 am. Parade starts at Partridge Street and Central Avenue and continues east on Central to Washington Avenue to North Hawk Street. Reviewing stand at State Education Building on Washington Avenue. Parade will be followed immediately by a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lafayette Park.

  • Warrensburg Memorial Day Parade

  • Starts at 9 am. Parade begins at the high school and continues along Canada Street. Call 668-5755 for more information.
  • Downtown Glens Falls Memorial Day Parade

    The parade will begin at 10 am at Maple Street and proceed along Glen Street to Crandall Park.

  • Berne-Knox-Westerlo Memorial Day Parade (also called Hilltowns Parade)

    Starts at 10 AM in Berne.  Marching band, fire trucks, floats, marching units, horses, tractors, military vehicles, etc. Best viewing along NY 443 between NY 156 and the school. Traditional flag ceremony and taps at BKW School, 1738 Helderberg Trail, Berne. Food booths, bake sales. Knox parade follows.

  • Bethlehem

  • The annual Memorial Day parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. at the Elsmere Fire House and 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 with a ceremony at the Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park.

  • Watervliet Memorial Day Parade

    The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and proceeds from WHS 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. 

  • Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Services & Parade

    8:00am Memorial Services for fallen veterans
    10:00am Parade & services in Wood Park

  • Castleton-Schodack Memorial Day Parade

    Starts at 10:00 am. The parade will begin at the corner of Boltwood and Seaman Avenue and will conclude with a brief ceremony at the Mountain View Cemetery. The parade will have five divisions with participants from our churches, our schools, community volunteer organizations, politicians, and lots more. The VFW Post 7337 will be leading the parade.

  • Bolton Landing Memorial Day Parade

    Begins at 10 a.m. at Rogers Park, proceeds to the monument for a memorial service and continues to Veterans Park. 

  • The Lansingburgh Memorial Day Parade

    11am-1pm, The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine. The parade route is from 123rd Street and 5th Avenue, South to 115th Street and 5th Avenue. Turn down 115th Street to 2nd Avenue. North on 2nd Avenue to 121st Street and 2nd Avenue. The Reviewing Stand will be located on the East Side of 2nd Avenue in front of Standard Manufacturing Company.

  • The North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade

    Step off at 1:30PM from Dana Ave along Brookside Avenue to Marion Ave. Down Marion Avenue to West Sand Lake Rd, down West Sand Lake Rd to Main Avenue, down Main Avenue to the Town Hall where the Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place. – Please note that for this year the parade route has been changed due to the work and weight limit on the Brookside Avenue. Bridge. After the ceremonies there will be refreshments served at the American Legion on Main Ave and the Wynantskill Fire Department on Church Street, all are invited to attend.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • Corinth Memorial Day Parade

    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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

  • Greenwich Memorial Day Parade

    Greenwich V.F.W. and American Legion sponsor this annual parade, which steps off at 6pm from the bridge & ends at the VFW on Abeel Ave with a final ceremony, followed by food & refreshments; the public is welcome. Also, five different Color Guard ceremonies at Greenwich cemeteries & monuments, starting at 6pm the previous night. Info at (518) 692-2753 or 692-2367 or 683-5945.

If you know of other Memorial Day Celebrations in the Albany area, please email us and we will add them to this list.

More links

Joshua ChamberlainCheck 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.

The 54th RegimentOr 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.


Nathan Hale being executedYou 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."

Raising the flag at Iwo JimaFor 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, be the great work which they who fought ...have thus far so nobly advanced."

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