Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area
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2014 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 2014 takes place May 23-26th and 30th with a parade on the 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 21, 2014
Scotia Memorial Day Parade
Starting at 6 p.m., Scotia's 87th Memorial Day Parade will be held on their main street, Mohawk Avenue.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
54th Annual 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.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Stillwater Memorial Day Parade
Starts at 6 PM. Hudson Avenue and Route 4 will be closed for the evening.
South Glens Falls Parade
Steps off at 6 PM starting at the corner of Haviland and Main St. Continue down Main St., right on Fifth to Ferry Blvd. and into Veterans Park for a brief ceremony.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Steps off at 11:30 am. Forms on Westbrook Road and proceeds north on Canada Street to Shepard Park.
Starts at 9:00 AM, Milton Avenue. Sponsored by American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358. Ceremonies to follow at the Village's war memorials on Low Street.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Starts at 10 am at the Civil War Monument on Glen Street. For information call (518) 615-0446.
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.
Saratoga Springs Memorial Day Parade
Parade steps off at 10 am from the Saratoga Springs City Center, Grove Street and Broadway and ends at Congress Park.
Kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at the Elsmere Fire House, 15 West Poplar Drive, 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 at the Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park where there will be a flag raising ceremony, prayer service, Taps and the playing of the National Anthem.
Watervliet Memorial Day Parade
- The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and proceeds from the Watervliet High School parking lot to 19th Street, east to Second Avenue, south to 16th Street and ends at the Veteran's Memorial Park with a memorial service.
8 am Memorial service. Parade kicks off at 10 am at Main & Church Streets, followed by ceremonies in Wood's Park.
This year's Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 am from 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.
The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine. The parade route is from 123rd Street and Fifth Avenue, travels south to 115th and Fifth Avenue, turns on 115th Street to Second Avenue, goes north on Second Avenue to 121st Street and Second Avenue and ends in front of the Standard Manufacturing Company.
Steps off at 1:15 pm on Streamview Lane and West Sand Lake Road (Route 150), heads down Marion Avenue to Brookside Avenue and ends on Main Avenue.
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 30, 2014
Greenwich V.F.W. Post #7291 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. For more information, please contact Skip at (518) 695-3149.
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."