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Crown Point to mark its founding

Memorial Day festivities May 26 and 27

Crown Point has observed Memorial Day for 145 years, but the 2013 festivities will mark an even bigger anniversary. Crown Point is celebrating the 225th year of its founding.

Crown Point has observed Memorial Day for 145 years, but the 2013 festivities will mark an even bigger anniversary. Crown Point is celebrating the 225th year of its founding.

— Crown Point has observed Memorial Day for 145 years, but the 2013 festivities will mark an even bigger anniversary. Crown Point is celebrating the 225th year of its founding.

“We are hoping to make this year’s event deserving of 225 years of heritage,” said Jodi Gibbs, chairwoman of the Crown Point Memorial Day committee. “To do this, we are inviting all individuals, businesses, church and school groups to enter a float in our parade. We invite everyone to come out and help us commemorate this momentous occasion. It isn’t every day that you get to recognize 225 years.”

The traditional parade will highlight the two-day Memorial Day observance. The parade will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27. Anyone wishing to be in the parade should contact Gibbs by calling 597-3492.

An ecumenical church service at the bandstand in Veterans Park will kick off the Memorial Day activities at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26.

Amusement rides, entertainment and vendors will take over the park beginning at noon. Penelope the Clown will be on hand for children throughout the day. Red Hot Monkey Love will perform 3 to 5 p.m. and Dusk North Country Travelers will play starting at 6 p.m.

Fireworks over the park will conclude Sunday’s festivities at dusk.

Monday’s schedule will begin with the town’s traditional solemn cemetery tour. The tour includes stops at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery at 9 a.m., the Congregational Church Cemetery at 9:15 a.m., the Ironville Cemetery at 9:45 a.m., the White Church Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., the Fairview Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., the Putnam Creek Bridge at Factoryville at 11 a.m., the Forestdale Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. and the Veterans Monument in the park at noon.

The Crown Point Central School chorus will perform, Erick DuShane will play “Taps” and the Boy Scout Troop 70 will present the colors at each stop. Kama Ingleston will speak at the noon ceremony at the Veterans Monument.

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