Memorial Day is fast approaching but municipalities and organizations have been preparing public events for months.
The VFW Post 7872 in Fayetteville will observe the weekend by placing flags on veterans' graves at the Fayetteville and Immaculate Conception cemeteries on Friday evening May 27. On Monday morning May 30, members will attend three gravesite ceremonies with firing squads. Their first stop will be at 6:30 a.m. at the Manlius Cemetery, second at 7 a.m. at the Fayetteville Cemetery and third at 7:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception cemetery. The public is invited.
The VFW Post 7872 has also been named the Grand Marshall in the annual Fayetteville Memorial Day Parade, to begin after the Canal Landing Park ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. Monday May 30. The parade begins at 9 a.m.
Other east side parades:
The hamlet of Jamesville will hold its annual parade at 11 a.m. Saturday May 28, with Pete Paul as Grand Marshall. A ceremony will follow at Jamesville Elementary School.
At 9 a.m. Monday May 30, the American Legion Post 359 in East Syracuse will host its annual parade.
At 11 a.m. the same day, the villages of Minoa and Manlius begin their parades. Mr. Patrick D. Heagerty has been named Grand Marshall of the Manlius parade. He served as a sergeant colonel during World War II, from August 1943 to December 1945. He was given the Army of Occupation medal and Army Presidential Unit Citation. He earned the silver and bronze stars, as well as four other awards.
If you plan to attend any of the various events listed above and plan to take pictures, please consider submitting your photos to the Eagle Bulletin, your local community newspaper. We would be thrilled to share your experiences on this special American holiday. Please email your photo(s) in jpeg format, along with a brief description, names, etc., to Tami S. Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for the June 8 issue is Friday June 3. Submissions will be included, space-permitting.