Baldwinsville's Memorial Day Parade honors WWII vets Sunday

"The Greatest Generation"

Join the community in honoring veterans this Sunday during the annual Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade.

This year the parade committee will honor World War II veterans.

"This 'Greatest Generation' of veterans is comprised of our grandparents and great-grandparents, aunts and uncles and great aunts and uncles," said Sarah Baker, a member of the Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade Committee. "They are leaving us all too quickly."

The parade, which will feature several bands including the Island Band, the Baker High School Band and the Baldwinsville Community Band, as well as community organizations and leaders, will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of Lock Street and Route 31 and travel to the four corners, then south along Route 48.

Also featured is the 122nd Regiment Infantry (Onondagas) re-enactors, who will march through the streets of Baldwinsville and then station themselves at the Civil War Monument for the Riverview ceremony following the parade and a ceremony at St. Mary's Cemetery.

"[The ceremonies are] a wonderful opportunity for parents to share the rich history that is part of our community and to share a reverence for those Americans who made it possible for us to gather on the banks of the beautiful Seneca River in a spirit of peace, camaraderie and celebration," Baker said, noting that not all parade spectators attend the ceremonies. "I think people are missing so much by not going [to the ceremonies]. For our children, this is important. [Our veterans] need to be remembered."

Grand Marshall and Guest Speaker

Baldwinsville's Herbert Litterbrant (pictured left), who served in the United States Navy during World War II, has been chosen as this year's Grand Marshall.

Litterbrant enlisted in the United States Navy in 1940 and attained the rank of First Class Carpenter. He served for six years in England, Newfoundland, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Panama Canal, Africa and the Mediterranean.

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