May 30, 2011, will mark the 65th annual Camillus Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies with the parade theme of "65 Years of Remembering." It is also an 'alumni year," which is celebrated every five years with the appearance of the West Genesee Wildcats Alumni Marching Band - always a huge attraction.
"The committee is very excited about the events this year," said Parade Chairman Don Laxton. "We're working diligently to make this the best one yet, and will also soon announce our very special Grand Marshal."
The parade and all ceremonies are sponsored and paid for by the Camillus American Legion and VFW Posts.
"Most bands who participate charge a fee," he said. "Flags that are placed on military grave sites and handed out to parade goers along with several other costs are born by the two veteran's groups who rely entirely on donations."
This year, the committee is working with area businesses and individuals to help with fundraising efforts. In addition to the popular "Be a Star...Buy a Star" program, where families can remember a loved one by buying a $10 star painted with the name and placed on a board in front of the town hall, the parade committee is instituting a "Buy a Flag" program. For $1, people may purchase a paper flag and have it displayed with their name at participating businesses. Also, CAM's NY Pizzeria will host two fundraising events at their Kasson Rd. location from 4 to 9 p.m. April 18 and again all day May 15. CAM's will donate a portion of their sales to the parade.
"We are looking for more businesses to help us out, both by selling and posting the paper flags and with other fundraising events they may like to hold," Laxton said. "This is the largest community event of the year and we wanted to give the community an opportunity to participate in their very special event."
Businesses wanting to help are asked to call Laxton at 380-7634 or Co-Chairman Bernie Bunce at 672-5437. To "Buy a Star" for a loved one, call Bob Cudworth at 487-3906. Groups interested in participating in the parade itself are urged to call Laxton or Bunce now to assure placement.