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Memorial Day Parades in the Rochester, NY area
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2014 List of Memorial Day Parades in the Greater Rochester Area
Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.
Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.
Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.
Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day. Their Festival in 2014 is May 23-26, 2014, with a parade on May 30.
Note: If you are marching in a parade, line-up is usually about 1/2 hour before the start of the parade.
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
- Town of Henrietta Memorial Day Parade starts at 1:00pm. The parade will follow a two-mile route from Lehigh Station Road to East Henrietta Road to Calkins and ending at the Town Park. A brief ceremony in the park will honor those who gave their lives for our country will immediately follow the parade.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
- Village of Brockport's Memorial Day Remembrance and Celebration starts at 9am at High Street Cemetery, then MMH Monument - 10:30 AM - Brockport Area Vets Club; Noon Chicken BBQ., 210 West Ave.
- East Rochester Memorial Day Parade- starts at 10:30 am. The starting point will be the Debbie Supply store for all participants.
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
- Irondequoit - Sunday, May 25 at 3pm. Parade route is along Titus Avenue from Irondequoit Plaza to Town Hall. Then, Monday, May 26: 7:00 a.m. Flag Raising at Town Hall; 9:00 a.m. Memorial Service at Irondequoit Cemetery.
- Newark - Parade is at 1:30pm. A ceremony follows in Central Park. (Web site says Sunday May 27th but it is Sunday May 26th. It's always on the Sunday in Newark.)
Monday, May 26th, 2014
- Auburn, 11:00am, along Genesee Street
- Avon, 10:00am (starts at the high school) - unconfirmed, that was last year's time
- Batavia, 10:00am
- Caledonia, 10am (advice: get there by 9:30)
- Canandaigua, 10am
- Chili, 8:00am
- East Bloomfield, 11am
- Fairport, 10am
- Gates, 9am, Memorial Day Service at the Community Center
- Greece, 12pm
- Hilton, 10am
- Honeoye Falls, 11:00. Then check out their big town-wide Memorial Day picnic, Flags, Books, and Bands.
- Lima, 9:30am
- Livonia, 10am
- Macedon, 11am
- Marion, 11am
- Medina, 11am
- Mendon, 9:30am
- Palmyra 9am
- Penfield Memorial Day Ceremony Day of Remembrance, 10:30am - Amphitheater, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield (behind Town Hall). Bring a chair.
- Pittsford, 10am - begins on Sutherland Street.
- Riga, 10:30am, ceremony at elementary school steps, then parade up to the cemetery
- Rochester, 10:30am Parade forms at Alexander and East Avenue, proceeds along East Avenue to Main Street, then west on Main Street to North Plymouth Avenue
- Rush, 9:00am
- Scottsville/Wheatland, 9:30am (Beckwith Ave to Main Street)
- Spencerport/Ogden, 9am
- Victor, 10:00am (school to Village Hall) - ceremony at cemeteries start at 8am
- Webster, 9:30am (South Ave to Main Street, to Webster Cemetery, 9:50 ceremony at the cemetery)
- Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally at Letchworth Park: Massed hot-air balloon flights. Presented by Balloons Over Letchworth. Launches are at 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 25 and 6 a.m. May 26 (weather permitting). Archery Field, near Castile Entrance, Letchworth State Park, Castile. Free with park's $8 per-car entry fee. (585) 493-3600.
If you know of other Memorial Day Celebrations in the Rochester area, please email us and we will add them to this list.
Check out some of the stories and thoughts of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who is credited with holding the Union position at Little Round Top at Gettysburg, and was an eloquent professor of rhetoric from Maine besides.
Or read about Robert G. Shaw, who was the 26-year-old commander of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first black regiment of the Civil War. Matthew Broderick starred as Colonel Shaw in the 1989 film about the regiment, Glory, which also featured Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.
You could also discuss with them the patriot Nathan Hale, who was the first American captured and executed for spying on the British during the Revolutionary war. He is the originator of the often-repeated "I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country."
For a bit more recent history, you might show your children the famous picture of Strank, Block, Sousley, and their comrades taken just before these three died on Iwo Jima, and talk about what it means.
Or, you might stick with the incomparable words of Lincoln on the topic, so that your children understand that indeed, the heros we honor on Memorial day have done much more than their share, and that it is "for us the living,...to be dedicated....to the great work which they who fought ...have thus far so nobly advanced."