Memorial Day Parades and Events in the Hudson Valley
Memorial Day Parades for 2019
Barryville, Beacon, Bethel, Eldred, Florida, Fishkill, Forestburgh, Fremont Center, Glen Spey, Greenville, Wallkill, Hamptonburgh, Hyde Park, Monroe, Montgomery
Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.
Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.
Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.
Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day.
For more local information, try contacting your local Veterans Organization below:
Friday, May 24, 2019
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center
Time: 7:00 pm
An evening of WWII-era entertainment will transport visitors back to the Roosevelt days as the FDR Presidential Library hosts a USO. Attendees will enjoy an evening of comedy and entertainment, historic film footage, and music from the 1940s.
Free public event but space is limited. Registration required.
For information call (845) 486-7745.
Saturday May 25, 2019
World War II Military Displays
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Sunday May 26, 2019
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The lawn in front of the FDR Presidential Library will take on the appearance of a World War II encampment. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Roosevelt Library and The Duffle Bag's partnership for this popular community program. Period military vehicles of all sizes and soldiers in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of history with World War II enthusiasts, families, teachers, and students.
Free public event. For information call (845) 486-7745.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
Graveside Memorial Service -
Location: Rose Garden, Home of FDR National Historic Site
Time: 1:30 pm
The National Park Service will host a graveside memorial service at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the Home of FDR National Historic Site.
Free public event. For information call (845) 229-6225.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Florida cemetery on Bridge St, a noon mass will be offered at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Union Corners Road followed by a service at the adjacent Jewish Cemetery. Parade line-up will be at the Florida Village Hall at 1:30 p.m., parade steps off at 2 p.m. from the Village Hall, turns around at Route 94, proceeds back through the village and concludes at Florida Veteran’s Memorial for a wreath laying and services. Hosted by American Legion Post No. 1250. unverfied for 2019
May 27, 2019- service 11 am at Greenville VFW Post No. 3175, Route 6, Greenville. Refreshments after the ceremony. More Info
Hamlet of Wallkill
May 29, step off at 11 am from the Wallkill Middle School, a ceremony will be held at noon at the Wallkill Library. If rain, a ceremony will take place at the Wallkill High School Auditorium at 11 a.m. 914-213-3295. unverified for 2019
Hamptonburgh Memorial Observance
1:30 pm, May 29, Hamptonburgh Cemetery, Sarah Wells Trail and Route 51. unverified for 2019
May 27, 2019- Parade steps off on New Paltz Road at 9:00 AM and concludes in the Town Square where a Memorial service will follow.