Johnsburg honors its Veterans during Memorial Day parade

NORTH CREEK The sun broke through the morning clouds just as the annual Memorial Day Parade stepped-off from Johnsburg Central School on Monday morning. Led by members of American Legion Post No. 629 Color Guard, area scouting organizations, and accompanied by the Johnsburg Central School Marching Band and Flag Corps, the parade assembled at the Veterans Memorial on Main Street for a full ceremony. Post Commander, Terry Waterston, delivered a welcome message followed by an invocation from Rev. Wayne Schoonmaker. Following the singing of the national anthem, Lt. Colonel Patrick Goodman, a JCS alumnus, delivered a guest speech recognizing the need to remember those that answered the call of duty and paid the ultimate sacrifice. The memories of deceased veterans, John Combs, Ken Tracy, and John Villeneuve were recalled, and a bell tolled in their honor as the names were read. A wreath of red, white, and blue flowers was laid at the base of the Veterans Memorial, in honor of everyone that served their country in a time of war. On Sunday, June 1, the Johnsburg Central School Band will also perform during the Prospect Mountain Memorial Service. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the summit of Prospect Mountain in Lake George. The event will honor all POW/MIA soldiers, with participating veteran organizations assembling for a massing of Post colors. Ceremony attendance is free, open to the public, and Veterans Highway will be toll-free for the day. Guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Cliff Seguin, Founder and President of Operation Adopt-A-Soldier.

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