B'ville: Memorial Day celebrated Saturday

A May 30 parade isn't the only tradition Baldwinsville's Memorial Day celebration still honors.

There is the raising of the colors at the Veteran's Monument prior to the parade, the wreath ceremony honoring servicemen lost at sea at the bridge during the parade and the ceremony at St. Mary's and Riverview cemeteries after the parade.

Some traditions have fallen by the wayside, such as village elementary children marching with their classes along the bridge and dropping lilacs into the river to honor servicemen lost at sea or children decorating their bikes in red, white and blue, then joining the tail end of the parade. While these traditions remain fond memories for long-time Baldwinsville residents, the celebration and recognition of our servicemen remains strong with our parade seeing greater numbers each and every year.

With the continued growth of this time-honored celebration, many tend to find a seat with a view along the parade route and end up missing some of the unique features of the day's events.

This year, Sarah Baker, who co-organizes the event with her husband, Jack, encourages everyone to witness the wreath ceremony at the river.

"This is a tradition to highlight," she said. "[The commander of the VFW and of the American Legion] lead a prayer, then throw an eco-friendly wreath from the bridge into the Seneca River to honor all those who've died at sea. This has been a tradition here for more than 50 years."

Baker added that this year the David Hunter Piper Band will play "Amazing Grace" before the parade resumes.

Saturday's celebration

This year's parade will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday (May 30).

The 122nd Regiment Infantry ("Onondagas") re-enactors will again march and be stationed at the Civil War Monument at Riverview Cemetery for the Memorial Service immediately following the parade. With financial support from the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and Van Buren, this year's Memorial Day event features the following bands: Tow Path Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps; CNY Police and Fire Band; the City of Syracuse Pipes and Drums; the C.W. Baker High School Band; and the Baldwinsville Community Band.

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