Memorial Day programs planned across the area

Julie Lewis | The Daily StarSoldiers from the 91st MP Battalion, 563rd MP Company, of Fort Drum, salute as the Oneonta High School Band plays the national anthem during Memorial Day ceremonies in Neahwa Park in 2018.

The following Memorial Day parades and services were announced to The Daily Star:


AFTON: The Afton Memorial Day parade and ceremony will step off at 10 a.m. Monday with line-up at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Avenue. The parade will proceed on Main Street to the bridge overlooking the Susquehanna River for a short program, continuing to the ceremony at Foster Park. Master of ceremonies will be Richard Cuthbertson. Clergy will be Pastor Joshua Smith from the First Baptist Church of Afton. Marching in the parade will be members of the VFW, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion, Afton Central School Band, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Afton Central School children, Afton Community Theater and AYSO. Also featured will be decorated bikes and tricycles, floats, antique cars, tractors, motorcycles, firefighers and firefighers auxiliary, emergency squad, equipment and horses.

GUILFORD: The Guilford Memorial Day parade will get underway at 8 a.m. Monday at Guilford Park. Events include the national anthem by the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School Band, the laying of the wreath in honor of all servicemen and women, a gun salute and taps, the recitation of the Gettysburg Address by a Bainbridge-Guilford student, a speech by guest speaker Dee Fuller, announcement of the Guilford Historical Society’s 2019 Citizen of the Year, and the benediction. At 9 a.m. a Veterans Recognition Reception will be held at the Guilford Methodist Church, which will include a complimentary brunch, introduction of the Guilford Historical Society Citizen of the Year, interviews of participating veterans, recital of the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action poem and recognition of deceased local veterans.

OXFORD: The Oxford Memorial Day parade and services will begin at 8 a.m. Monday. The Oxford American Legion Post No. 376 will hold a wreath laying ceremony and rifle salute at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery on West State Street. The parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. The parade will feature the village mayor and town supervisor, the Post No. 376 Honor Guard and Rifle Squad, Legionnaires and the Auxiliary, the Oxford Academy and Central High School’s Blackhawk Marching Band and color guard, among many other local civic groups and clubs. Three generations of “Miss Poppy” will also be distributing red crepe paper poppies, along with other Legion Auxiliary members and volunteers, in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. A salute honoring those who died at sea will be given at the Main Street Bridge. The Oxford Legion Auxiliary president, Jan Pollard, will toss a memorial wreath into the Chenango River, followed by a rifle salute. The parade will proceed to the Riverview Cemetery on Albany Street with a ceremony and speeches. Pastor Josh Rathmell of Faith Bible Church will give the invocation and benediction. The principal address will be given by Bryant LaTourette. The Blackhawk Marching Band will provide patriotic music. American Legion Boys State delegates will participate. William Kelsey III will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Matthew Roach will read the poem, “Thank a Vet,” and Nicholas Cirello will read the Gettysburg Address. The American Legion Auxiliary Girls’ State delegates, Elizabeth Ryan and Sarah Camiel will recite the poem, “In Flanders Fields.” Following the Riverview Cemetery ceremony, the Legion honor guard will go to the Warn Ten Broeck Cemetery, seven miles south of Oxford, to place a wreath and to salute the deceased. Lunch will be available with barbecue chicken at the Post No. 376 Legion, on the state Route 12 side, as a fundraiser.

SOUTH NEW BERLIN: The South New Berlin Memorial Day program and parade will be held Monday. The program will begin at 11 a.m. at the South New Berlin Firehouse with parade line-up at the firehouse at 11:45 a.m. Led by parade marshal Dan Fairchild, the parade will proceed south on state Route 8 to the Riverside Cemetery. The program’s master of ceremonies will be retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Samuel “Mike” Gainsfort. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Major General Peter Lennon. Meegan White, Unadilla Valley Central School student, will read “In Flanders Fields.” The invocation and benediction will be provided by Robert C. Decker, minister at the First Baptist Church of South New Berlin and Grant Smith, pastor of the Holmesville Baptist Church. Music for the program and parade will be provided by the Unadilla Valley Central School Band, led by Gregory Maistros, with vocal music selections by Michael Moore on keyboard, UVCS Chorus members and the Holmesville Men’s Quartet. A short service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery. The laying of the wreath will be by Abby Vatoves and Weston Smith, UVCS kindergarten students, as well as military honors, taps, and final prayers by David Dibbell, to conclude the program. Area adults and children are invited to meet at the library to decorate their bikes and ride and/or walk in the parade. Chicken barbecue halves will be available at the firehouse immediately following. Transportation will be provided for by the Rolling Antiquers Car Club of Norwich and a school bus by the UVCS to observe the services at the Riverside Cemetery.


DOWNSVILLE: The Memorial Day parade will be held Monday. The line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Downsville Central School with the step-off at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed along state Route 30, turning right onto state Route 206 to Paige Cemetery for a ceremony with guest speaker. Following the ceremony, all will proceed to the American Legion Hall, where a dedication of the Honor Pavers will be held at the flag pole. Float judging will also be held, and light refreshments served. In the event of inclement weather ,the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in the Downsville Central School gymnasium.

FRANKLIN: The Franklin Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, led by the Ouleout Valley American Legion Post No. 1689 Color Guard. It will start at the American Legion on Institute Street and proceed to the Ouleout Valley Cemetery. Master of ceremonies will be Jack Law, member of the American Legion Post No. 1689. The parade marshal is Ken Taylor, past commander. The Franklin Central School Marching Band will provide music. Participants will include the Franklin and Treadwell fire departments and EMS squads, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. The Franklin Doodlebug Club will drive vehicles from its Model A collection. Offering the invocation and benediction will be Paul D. Winkelman, pastor of the Sidney United Methodist Church. Guest speaker will be Tyler Gregory, salutatorian of the Class of 2019 at Franklin Central School. A 21-gun salute will be done by the American Legion Color Guard. The national anthem will be performed by Zoe Warren and Tommy Dunne, taps will be performed by Cora Van Kinsley and the Gettysburg Address will be recited by Desiree Rosenbusch, all students at Franklin Central School. The flag will be raised by Brandon Gregory and brought down to half-mast until noon. After the ceremony, all are invited to return to the American Legion Hall to see a display, “Franklin Veterans through the years.” The American Legion’s annual chicken barbecue fundraiser will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion hall. Bus service is being provided by Franklin Central School.

HOBART/SOUTH KORTIRGHT/ BLOOMILLE: The Memorial Day parade in Hobart will begin at 9 a.m. Monday on Main Street ending with a service at the Hobart Community Center Veterans Memorial. The South Kortright parade will begin on Main Street at 10 a.m. with a service at the South Kortright Presbyterian Church, followed by a benefit bake sale and chicken barbecue. The Bloomville parade will line up at 11 a.m. on Main Street with a service at the Riverside Cemetery on River Street. Parades will feature Delhi American Legion Post No. 190 Color Guard, veterans, South Kortright Central School Marching band fire departments, a veteran color guard, the South Kortright High School Marching Band, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, fire departments, antique cars, horses and community members.

GRAND GORGE: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday on state Route 23 west at Sundaes, proceeding to the square and then north on state Route 30 to the Fairview Cemetery.

ROXBURY: The Memorial Day parade for Roxbury will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, starting at state Route 30 north of the village, proceeding through the village to the square and then south through the village.


COOPERSTOWN: The Cooperstown Veterans’ Post No. 7128 will hold its Memorial Day parade on Monday. The parade, which will form at 10:30 a.m. in Cooper Park, will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street and proceed to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on upper Main Street in front of the county Courthouse. Local Scouts, fire departments and veterans will participate in the parade.

EDMESTON: The Wharton Valley Legion Post No. 1311 will hold its Memorial Day parade on Monday. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. forming on the south end of town at South and Burdick Avenues. The line will march through the four corners and conclude on the front lawn of Edmeston Central School. The ceremony will begin at about 11:35 a.m. The master of ceremonies will be retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David C. Green. The guest speaker will be Arthur Klingler Jr.

MARYLAND AND SCHENEVUS: Memorial Day services and a parade in the town of Maryland will take place on Monday. The first service will begin at 9 a.m. at the Maryland Cemetery with a flag raising, invocation, placing of the wreath, prayer and benediction by Pastor Kathy Brumbaugh, rifle salute, taps and retreat. Ceremonies will then take place at 9:45 a.m. at the Schenevus Central School with a flag raising, buglers, placing the wreath and a prayer. At 10 a.m. a parade will leave the school and end at the Schenevus Cemetery where services will be held. The parade marshal will be retired Master Sgt. Stephanie McMullen. Retired Sgt. Maj. Gregg Pinney will give the Memorial Day address.

ONEONTA: The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Cpl. James Tanner Camp of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Destination Oneonta and the city of Oneonta, will be held Monday. Line-up will be at 9 a.m., with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Market and Main streets, heading down Main Street into Neahwa Park, where a ceremony will be held.

OTEGO: The Memorial Day parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, forming at 8 a.m. at the Otego American Legion Post No. 1555 on Willow Street. The parade will march south on Willow Street, continuing left on Main Street, then right on River Street to Follet Street, proceeding right on Averill Street, across to Main Street to Willow and back to Legion Field. The parade marshal is Post Commander Gary Bennett. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Doug Horne. The Unatego High School Band will play "The Star-Spangled Banner" and provide a musical salute. The speaker of the day will be state Sen. James Seward, followed by a Memorial Day prayer by Post Chaplain E. Curtis Flack, placement of the wreath, a firing squad to salute the dead, taps and Echo. All veterans are invited to march.

WORCESTER: The Memorial Day program will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. Monday. It will assemble at Worcester Central School at 9:30 a.m. and march to the Maple Grove Cemetery. A salute to the colors and raising of the flag by the Worcester Central School Band will be followed by the invocation by the Rev. Judy Thistle. The national anthem will be played by the WCS Band. A prayer will be given by Worcester Fire Department Chaplain Norman Chase. There will be a placing of the wreath for veterans, and the WCS Band will play “America,” taps and echo, a rifle salute as well as the retreat and lowering of colors will be performed by WCS buglers, and the benediction. A procession will move to the Bank Memorial on Main Street for a ceremony including a prayer, wreath placement, music, a rifle salute and taps. The procession will then march back to the school. In case of inclement weather, the full program will be held in the school gymnasium.