Throughout Northern Warren County this weekend, local citizens and visitors will be gathering along sidewalks to witness the pageantry and patriotism of Memorial Day parades, then attend accompanying ceremonies that honor U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Most all these parades and services are to be held Monday, except for the ceremonies to be held in Lake George on Saturday.
In Warrensburg, the annual parade forms at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Warrensburg Fire Co. firehouse on Elm St. The procession begins at 9 a.m.
Local veterans organizations, including V.F.W. Post 4821 and American Legion 446, will be participating with color guards. The parade will also feature contingents of emergency agencies from nearby communities. The parade will proceed up Elm and Hudson streets to the Warrensburg Cemetery where memorial services are to be held honoring those who sacrificed their lives in various wars and conflicts.
The Warrensburg High School Band will be marching in the procession. Plans call for Art Brown to be Grand Marshal, and community pillar Bill Lamy is to offer a speech, Legion Commander Carson Parker said Tuesday.
A reception will be held afterward at the VFW Post headquarters just north of Stewart's Shop, and all are invited to participate.
Memorial Day ceremonies for the North Warren communities will be held this year on Monday in Pottersville.
The procession forms at 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of the old Pottersville school north of the hamlet and marches south beginning at 10 a.m. on Olmstedville Rd. to the Pottersville Fire Dept. headquarters, where memorial services are to be held. Formation starts at 9:30, and the parade begins at 10 a.m.
Participating are various area fire departments, sports teams and civic organizations as well as American Legion Post 964, V.F.W. Post 5513 and a contingent of the the Legion Auxiliary. A reception for veterans and their families will be held afterwards at the Legion Post.