Salutes to service on Memorial Day weekend

James Neiss/staff photographerThe Lewiston Memorial Day parade makes its way up Center Street in 2018. This year’s parade will take place on Monday.

Memorial Day parades and special events are taking place this weekend.

Among the events: 

NIAGARA FALLS — The fourth annual Community Memorial Day Parade in Niagara Falls will begin at 10 a.m. in the City Market and head down Pine Avenue to the Niagara Falls Veterans’ Memorial.

With help from state Assemblyman Angela Morinello and local businesses, Councilman Kenny Tompkins is leading efforts to make sure the parade takes place. 

Tompkins said all the marching bands who participated in last year’s parade will be back again this year. The Falls police and fire departments will also participate.

Tompkins said 10 Korean War vets will also be honored as part of the Memorial Day activities.

OAKWOOD CEMETERY — The Oakwood Cemetery Association will hold a short service to remember those who have been buried at Oakwood in the past year, and to honor the memory of its military residents. “We welcome family members of our residents as well as the general public looking to remember the lives and service of Military,” said Tim Baxter, chairman of the event.

There are over 900 military members buried in Oakwood from the Revolution War all the way through to the present. 

Monte and Marcia Jones will be on hand to provide patriotic songs for the service. Pastor Jeff Baxter will say a prayer. There will be a reading of “In Flanders Fields”. Names of those that have passed this past year will be read, and a chime will toll for each person.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Veteran’s Section in the front of the cemetery.

LOCKPORT — In keeping with its long-standing tradition of designating a local veteran as “Honorary Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade,” Lockport’s Parade Committee has selected World War II veteran Vic Cleri as this year’s honoree.

A formal Memorial Service will commence at 11 a.m. at Colds Spring Cemetery featuring the American Legion Color Guard, Marine Corp League Firing Squad, and the Lockport High School Band. 

Groups and individuals, participating in the Memorial Day Parade, will then assemble at noon, at the Veterans’ Memorial on East Avenue. The 1 p.m. parade will march down East Avenue/Main Street to the court house. An open house will follow at the Navy Marine Club.

LEWISTON — A Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday on Center Street. The VFW Memorial Day Parade begins at the Lewiston Red Brick Schoolhouse and end at the Veteran’s Memorial in Academy Park.

Lewiston’s parade has about 50 units and includes a “veterans float” on which any veteran is welcome to ride.

The parade concludes with a ceremony at Academy park which starts about noon and will feature a live bugler playing taps, sponsored by Bugles Across America, along with the Lewiston Choraleers. In addition, the United States Air Force Color Guard and Military Funeral Honor Guard will perform a flag folding ceremony and laying of a wreath ceremony with the VFW Post 7487.

The honorary parade grand marshall is Marilyn Toohey, former mayor of the Village of Lewiston. Keynote speaker for the ceremony is Chief Petty Officer Nathaniel Fraze from the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Youngstown. After the ceremony, a free luncheon for all will be provided by the Brickyard Pub and Hibbard’s.

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