Ticonderoga Memorial Day will be observed by the Ticonderoga Historical Society.
The society will present “Remembrances - Traditions of Yesterday” at Champlain Legacy Park in Ticonderoga Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m.
Champlain Legacy Park is located on the north side of the La Chute River, across the river from Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park. This event is free to the public and light refreshments will be served.
In the event of bad weather, the program will be moved to the Hancock House at Moses Circle.
“This 2013 Memorial Day ceremony will honor our veterans of World War II with the dedication of a specially-made, intricately carved, military paver honoring our four military services — the Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force,” said Chris Smith of the historical society. “This distinctive paver will be permanently placed in front of the Samuel de Champlain monument. William Dolback, president of the Ticonderoga Historical Society and Ticonderoga town historian, will speak about the old days and reminisce about the traditions we once observed on Memorial Day.”
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was set aside to commemorate the fallen Civil War soldiers and flowers were placed (decorated) on graves of the Union and Confederate veterans. In 1868, the name was changed to Memorial Day, and in 1971 Congress changed the day of observance to the last Monday of May.
“It is now a day set aside for remembrance of all those who have died serving our nation, and also a day to remember our departed family and friends,” Smith said. “We invite you to join the Ticonderoga Historical Society in recognizing our veterans on this important holiday.”
The program is part of an expanded series of programs, events and activities planned by the society for 2013 and is also a segment of the town’ 250th anniversary celebration.
For more information contact Robin Trudeau at the Ticonderoga Historical Society, 6 Moses Circle, phone 585-7868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.