HAGUE-The annual Hague Memorial Day observance has become a community tradition. Now in its ninth year, the activities draw large crowds.
"The interest and the feelings of the people in Hague are amazing," said Madeline Pelkey. "Everyone comes out. It's a special day in Hague."
The observance is sponsored by the Hague Senior Citizens Club. Pelkey is chairwoman of the organizing committee.
"We (seniors) organize it, plan it," Pelkey said, "but a lot of non-seniors help us. It's a true community event."
Hague will mark Memorial Day on Saturday, May 28.
Throughout the day FunFest will be held in the town park. It'll begin at 10 a.m. and feature DJ Steve Pelkey, Silver Bay craft demonstrations, Fort Ticonderoga re-enactors, a Rotary raffle, a Hague Historical Society display, the Adirondack Crafters white elephant sale, demonstrations by the Champlain Valley K-9 Search & Rescue Team, an exhibit by Up Yonda Farm, food concessions and children's games and face painting.
There will be a presentation by All About Critters of Ticonderoga at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., a performance by Sylvia and Her magic Trunk at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. and a concert by the Cambridge Band at noon.
The "Memorial Game" will be played all day to raise money in support of the annual observance and Alex's Lemonade Stand, an nationwide campaign, will sell drinks to raise money for children with cancer.
The traditional Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Hague Community Center on Route 8. It will proceed to the town park.
The parade will feature 90 units, including four marching bands, the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps, floats, clowns and classic cars. Highlighting the parade will be the Marine Corps Leathernecks honor guard and a portable memorial honoring Hague veterans from all wars and local firefighters. As the parade progresses, names of hague veterans will be read aloud. Dan Belden, retiring town supervisor, will serve as parade grand marshal.