TRI-COUNTY AREA—In honor of Memorial Day communities in the area held events to remember 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 started at 10 a.m. It went from the Weldon Funeral Home, and down Main Street to the county courthouse. A service was then held with First Srgt. Mark Moon as speaker.
Dundee’s parade started at the school, at 10 a.m. The parade went down Water Street and through the town ending at the village park on Seneca Street.
The town of Torrey also held a Memorial Day service, starting at 10:30 a.m., at the Dresden Methodist Church. Attorney David Mashewske was the guest speaker. The Penn Yan Middle School Band and a choir performed.
Following the service there was a parade to the cemetery where Richard Brow directed another service. A chicken barbecue was held after the second service at the Methodist church.
The Hammondsport parade began at 10:30 a.m. The route was from the Curtiss School to the cemetery, where a service was held.
In Watkins Glen, a parade followed a Naval Memorial at the Seneca Lake shore, which stared at 10:30 a.m. There was a 21 gun salute at the shore.
The parade group formed at First Street, and left at approximately 10:45 a.m. The parade followed Franklin Street down to the courthouse. A service was held there at 11 a.m.
A service was also held in Montour Falls, at the She-Que-Ga Falls. It started at 9:30 a.m. Sheriff Bill Yessman was the featured speaker.
The Veteran’s Park, Route 228 in Odessa, also hosted a Memorial Day event. It started at 11 a.m. A choir made up of community members performed.