JAMESTOWN – Memorial Day weekend is here. The annual holiday is held each year to remember those who’ve lost their lives while in serving the country, while also giving Americans an opportunity to reflect on that sacrifice. Since 1985 Chautauqua County has lost 12 young men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Over the years the holiday has expanded to include remembering all those who’ve served the country that have since passed.
In southern Chautauqua County several parades and services will be taking place both Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.
In Jamestown, the United Veterans Council of Jamestown is inviting all active duty service members and veterans to take part in Jamestown’s Memorial Day parade, taking place on Memorial Day. The parade line-up will begin on Fourth Street at 9 a.m., with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed east onto Prendergast Ave. and continue north until it arrives at Lakeview Cemetery, where a Memorial Day service will then take place at Soldiers Circle.
The United Veterans Council is always looking for participants for the parade, including local veterans. In addition, the council is asking local veterans to complete the Color Guard that leads off the parade. It hopes that the Color Guard will be able to represent each branch of service.
If you wish to participate in the parade or would like additional information about the Veterans Council, call 485-3647 or 450-6768.
OTHER EVENTS IN THE AREA
Other Events planned for Memorial Day include:
CELORON – The village of Celoron and the Celoron American Legion, Herman Kent Post 777, will be holding a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial in Lucille Ball Memorial Park on Monday at 9 a.m.
FALCONER – The village of Falconer will host its Memorial Day parade Monday. Participants will assemble on Dow Street at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. down West Main Street and will finish at Pine Hill Cemetery, where a short service will take place.
FREWSBURG – The town of Carrol will hold its Memorial Day parade and service, starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Frewsburg.
KENNEDY – The town of Poland’s Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday. Lineup for the parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Town Hall in Kennedy and step-off will take place at 11:45 a.m.
GERRY- The Memorial Day parade in the town of Gerry will be held on Sunday. Lineup is at 1:30 p.m. at the Gerry fire Hall, with step off at 2 p.m.
For other community events and activities scheduled for Memorial Day contact your village or town clerk’s office.