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Honoring the fallen for Memorial Day

TRI-COUNTY AREA—Memorial Day is dedicated to those who served our country in the military and who made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 27. There are several parades, ceremonies, and events in the area that will honor the fallen soldiers.
The Penn Yan ceremony starts at 10 a.m. with a parade that runs down Main Street, from the Weldon Funeral Home to the courthouse lawn. A service will be held at the courthouse immediately afterwards. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Heather Alexander. Herb Snyder will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Dundee’s parade starts at 10 a.m., going from the the Dundee Central School driveway to the village park on Seneca Street. It will feature bands, fire trucks, and Freedom Village. Steve Wheeler will give a speech about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg at the park following the parade.
The town of Torrey will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. at the Dresden United Methodist Church. Rob Schwarting will be the guest speaker.  After the cemetery service there will be a chicken barbecue in the church dining hall.
The Hammondsport American Legion will not be hosting any events this year. Commander Jim Stone explained they were not able to organize enough members for an honor guard. The legion has decorated the graves of service members with the help of the Girl Scouts.
Services in Watkins Glen start with the ceremony at the naval monument at the Seneca Harbor Park in Watkins Glen at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following, a parade will be held down Franklin Street, from First Street to the Schuyler County Courthouse. Once there, a second service will be held.
The Re-Dun Field Airport in Rock Stream will host the annual Fly-in Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon. Meals cost $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The event will feature pilots flying in for the breakfast.