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Memorial Day remembers the heroes

TRI-COUNTY AREA—In honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, communities in the area will hold events in memorial of our fallen soldiers.
Since 1868 the U.S. has celebrated Memorial Day. Fallen Civil War soldiers were first honored right here in the Finger Lakes in Waterloo, on Decoration Day, starting in 1866. The day to honor dead soldiers was first called Memorial Day in 1882.
In Penn Yan, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. It will go from the Weldon Funeral Home, and down Main Street to the county courthouse. A service will then be held there with First Srgt. Mark Moon as speaker.
Dundee’s parade will start at the school, at 10 a.m. The parade will go down Water Street and through town ending at the village park on Seneca Street for the remaining ceremony.
The town of Torrey will also hold a Memorial Day service, starting at 10:30 a.m., at the Dresden Methodist Church. Attorney David Mashewske will be the guest speaker. The Penn Yan Middle School Band and a choir will perform.
Following the service there will be a parade to the cemetery where Richard Brow will direct another service. A chicken barbecue will be held after the second service at the Methodist church.
The Hammondsport parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. The route will go from the Curtiss School to the cemetery, where a service will be held.
In Watkins Glen, a parade will follow a Naval Memorial at the Seneca Lake shore, which starts at 10:30 a.m. There will be a 21 gun salute at the shore.
The parade group will form at First Street, leaving at approximately 10:45 a.m. The parade will follow Franklin Street down to the courthouse. A service will be held there at 11 a.m.
A service will be held in Montour Falls, at the She-Que-Ga Falls. It starts at at 9:30 a.m. Sheriff Bill Yessman will be the featured speaker.
The Veteran’s Park, Route 228 in Odessa, will also host a Memorial Day event. It starts at 11 a.m. A choir made up of community members will perform.

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