Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area
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This is still being updated for 2023. If the event is in [brackets], that means it's typically held at this time, but we haven't found 2023 confirmation yet.
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.
Also note: If you are marching in a parade, line-up is usually about 1/2 hour before the start of the parade.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
City of Cohoes Memorial Day Procession: The procession will begin at 6 pm at Veteran's Memorial Park on Columbia Street, then east on Columbia Street, north on Remsen Street to Canal Square.
[Rotterdam Memorial Day Parade]: The parade is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, sharp starting at Curry Road and Warrior Path-Mohonasen High School.
[Schagticoke Memorial Day Parade]: Parade steps off at 7 pm from Community Center, marching down State St. toward the bridge, then left along Poplar to the VFW post. Before the parade, at 6:15 pm: the annual ceremony presented by the Valley Falls Free Library. Outdoors by the flagpole, it includes music, wreath-laying, and remembrance - by name - of local veterans who died while serving. After the parade: a military ceremony outside VFW Post 1938. Speeches, prayers, rifle salute, and Taps.
Schoharie Memorial Day Parade: Line up will start at 5 pm with the parade starting at 6 pm. It will run from bridge street down to the Old Stone Fort where a ceremony will be held honoring those who have served our country, we encourage everyone to come and be a part of this. After the ceremony, please join us back at the Firehouse for a community open house with food and refreshments
Saturday, May 27, 2023
East Greenbush Parade: Parade will step off at 10 am from the EG Bowling ACenter and proceed towards Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231.
Lake George Memorial Day Parade: American Legion Post 374 Memorial Day Parade steps off at 11:30 am. The parade goes from West Brook Road, along Beach Road and Canada Street, and to Shepard Park. The parade will be followed by a Memorial Day service in the park.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Rensselaer: Opening Ceremonies will begin at 1 pm and the parade steps off at 2 pm from the corner of Washington Avenue and Forbes Avenue. The parade will take the Third Street route and finish as the intersection of Washington Street and Walker Street.
[Kingston Memorial Day Ceremony]: Ceremony will begin promptly at 1 pm in Veterans’ Park in front of City Hall, located at 420 Broadway. Retired Army Sergeant First Class Bill Forte will give the Memorial Day Address. At 1:45pm, the Memorial Day Parade will step off from Andrew St. and will proceed along Broadway towards Uptown Kingston.
Monday, May 29, 2023
Castleton/Schodack Memorial Day Motorcade: The annual Castleton/Schodack Memorial Day Motorcade will kick off at 10 am from the corner of Boltwood and Seaman Avenues and will conclude with a brief ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery.
[Rotterdam Memorial Day Service]: at Rotterdam Town Hall at 2 pm
[Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Services & Parade]: Hoosick VFW Post 40's parade kicks off at 10 am sharp, and the morning ceremony is at 8 am starting in the park.
Inlet Wreath Laying: Join American Legion Post 1402 for their annual Memorial Day Wreath Lying Ceremony at Legion Square in front of Inlet Town Hall. Then follow them to the Raquette Lake Library to do it again at 10 am.
Lake George Memorial Day Ceremony at Battlefield Park: Lake George Battlefield Alliance's Memorial Day Remembrance of the 4 Unknown Soldiers will begin at 10:30 am.
Long Lake Memorial Day Parade: 11:30 am Laying of the Wreath at Long Lake Bridge immediately followed by parade from Town Hall to Cemetery. 2 pm County Parade from Vietnam Memorial to LLCS Lawn followed by speeches and hand selection.
Sand Lake: The Parade begins at 10 am and the route is from Averill Ave. in Westfall Village to the Sand Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park on NYS Route 43. Ceremonies will begin at about 10:30 am in the Veterans Park.
[Schenectady's Vale Cemetery Service]: At 10:30 am, a ceremony sponsored by combined veterans’ organizations.