CROWN POINT - Crown Point will renew a long tradition when it hosts its 141st Memorial Day observance May 23-25.
"Crown Point will be among a few communities that will celebrate for the 141st time, since the 1868 formal recognition of the holiday," said Kama Ingleston, a member of the town Memorial Day committee. "Over the last century and a half, Decoration Day has changed to Memorial Day and the date of the observance has moved from May 30 to the last Monday in May but the reasons for the day have not changed."
The Crown Point events will get under way on Saturday at noon with rides, games, reenactors and vendors in the town park.
At 5 p.m. the band Faded will perform in the park, followed by the The Siver Family bluegrass band 6-9 p.m.
Activities will get started Sunday with an ecumenical church service at 11 a.m. at the bandstand in the park, followed by rides, games, reenactors and vendors in the town park noon to 9 p.m.
Loonworks Clowns will perform stories, magic and balloon sculpture from noon to 2 p.m.
The Daniel Ray Edwards band will play in the park 4-8 p.m.
Sunday will conclude with fireworks at the Crown Point State Historic Site over Lake Champlain at dusk.
Monday - Memorial Day - will begin with the traditional Solemn Tour of Crown Point cemeteries and historic sites.
The tour will begin at Sacred Heart Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by the Congregational Church at 9:15, the Ironville Cemetery at 9:45, the White Church Cemetery at 10:15, Fairview Cemetery at 10:45, the Putnam Creek Bridge at 11 a.m., Forestdale Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. and the Veterans Monument in the town park at noon.
Crown Point Boy Scout Troop 70 will present colors at each stop and the Crown Point Central School music department will provide a chorale selection at each location.
Ingleston will speak at Sacred Heart Cemetery and Crown Point Supervisor Dale French will speak at the Veterans Monument.
At 2 p.m. the town Memorial Day parade will commence up Main Street from Monitor Bay to the town park. Anyone who wishes to participate in this event should contact Jodi Gibbs at 597-3492.
Following the parade bands will perform in the park and at 3:30 p.m. parade award winners will be announced.