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Memorial Day Parades in the Rochester, NY area
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2015 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 2015 is May 22-25, 2015, 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 17th, 2015
- 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 23th, 2015
Sunday, May 24th, 2015
- Irondequoit - 3pm. Parade route is along Titus Avenue from Irondequoit Plaza to Town Hall. Then, Monday, May 25: 7:00 a.m. Flag Raising at Town Hall; 9:00 a.m. Memorial Service at Irondequoit Cemetery.
- Newark - Parade is at 1:30pm. Begins at Westshore Blvd and continues to Central Park. A ceremony follows in Central Park.
Monday, May 25th, 2015
- Auburn, 11:00am, along Genesee Street
- Avon, 10:00am (starts at the high school)
- -Batavia, 10:00am
- Caledonia, 10am (advice: get there by 9:30)
- Canandaigua, 9:30am from Legion Post down Main Street to West Gibson to Pearl St
- Chili, Parade begins at 8:30 am from Grenell Drive, ends at the Senior Center (3235 Chili Ave.), ceremony following parade at Senior Center.
- -East Bloomfield, 11am
- -Fairport, 10am
- Gates, 9am, Memorial Day Service at the Community Center
- Greece, 12pm
- Hilton, 10am
- Honeoye Falls, Parade assembles at the HIgh School at11:30am. Parade travels from High School to cemetary. A short service wil take place at the cemetary.
- Lima, 9:30am- Parade begins at the Primary School and continues to Town Hall.
- Livonia, 10am- Parade will start on Commercial Street and finish with a ceremony at the library on Washington St.
- -Macedon, 11am
- Marion, 11am
- -Medina, 11am
- Mendon, 9:30am
- Palmyra 9am-Palmyra Main Street to Palmyra Village Cemetery
- 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; ceremony to follow in the Pittsford Cemetery.
- Riga, 10:30am, ceremony at elementary school steps, then parade up to the cemetery
- Rochester, 9:30am Parade forms East Ave and Scio Street
- Rush, 9:30am
- Scottsville/Wheatland, 9:30am (Beckwith Ave to Main Street)
- Spencerport/Ogden, 9am
- Victor- Memorial Day Breakfast-6am-9am Victor Fire Hall, 34 Maple Avenue Victor, NY 14564
- Victor, 10:00am-The parade starts at the school campus and comes down High Street to West Main & then to East Main Street, ending at the Village Hall (60 E Main St) for a small Ceremony.
- 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. May 22nd - 25th, 2015
6 scheduled flights of 30 balloons. 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Call 585-493-3600 for info.
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."