Memorial Day observances set

Fort Ti ceremony Monday

TICONDEROGA - The American Cemetery at Fort Ticonderoga will be the site of the annual wreath laying ceremony on Monday, May 31.

The fort's Fife & Drum Corps will lead a procession of authentically dressed staff and re-enactors from the fort to the grave sites of the unknown soldiers. The procession will leave the fort at 11 a.m.

Interpreter Jim Gabler will read historic passages and tell the story of Isaac Rice who died at the fort.

Rice was a veteran of the American Revolution who lived on site and, according to a number of sources, gave tours of the ruins of the fort to people who visited the site during the early 19th century. He died in 1852 and there is buried in the area of the American cemetery.

The Fife & Drum Corps lead by Drum Major Michael Edson will perform music from the 18th century.

The public is welcome to join the ceremony. The South Barracks hold a large exhibit of USS Ticonderoga history and memorabilia.

Hague parade, speaker today

HAGUE - News correspondent Bob Woodruff will speak during Memorial Day ceremonies in Hague.

Woodruff, whose family vacations in the community, will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the town park Saturday, May 29.

The annual Hague Memorial Day observance will also include the traditional parade at 2 p.m., "Funfest" activities in the park 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Hague Fire Department chicken barbecue 4-8 p.m. at the fire house.

"Funfest" will feature exotic animals 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the Adirondack Save-A-Stray program 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a yo-yo competition at 10:45 a.m.; demonstrations by the Champlain Valley K-9 Search and Rescue Team at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.; and the Cambridge band in concert at 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the day there will be music with radio personality Steve Pelkey as well as vendors, games and concessions.

The parade will feature six marching bands, clowns, classic cars and more with prizes for the most outstanding in each group.

Memorial Day activities are sponsored by the Hague Senior Citizens Club.

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