Valley News area Memorial Day services set

Saranac Lake Memorial Day parade.

Saranac Lake Memorial Day parade. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Memorial Day services are planned throughout the community, along with parades and other events.


The American Legion Posts of Lewis and Elizabethtown are organizing the annual Memorial Day parade and Memorial service to take place in Elizabethtown on Monday, May 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and starts from Hand Avenue by the History Center Museum. The parade will proceed south along Court street passing by the County government center and ends by the Elizabethtown golf course. After the parade, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day service in the Windsor Park, which is across the street from the Grand Union. Elements of the parade will consist of military service veterans, Boy and Girl Scout troops, fire departments, equestrian riders, classic and antique cars and Civil War re-enactors.

Saranac Lake

In Saranac Lake, the annual parade from the Veterans Memorial Association clubhouse on Broadway to Riverside Park will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28 outside the Vets’ Club. Members of the American Legion Post 447 and Saranac Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3357 will take part in the activities.

A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Riverside Park, or inside the Harrietstown Town Hall if it rains. The guest speaker will be JR Owens, who will recognize and honor Vietnam veterans by reading a story, according to First Vice Commander Raymond Boula.

“I know quite a few Vietnam veterans in town, and they don’t get the recognition they deserve,” Boula said.

Boula is a Vietnam veteran, serving seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including one tour of duty (1970-71) in Vietnam, where he was a radio operator for a mortar team in the field. This was the time when the Marines were being pulled back.

Boula invites all veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, to march in the May 28 parade.

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