Marcellus veterans prepare for Memorial Day

May begins the activities of veterans' organizations to commemorate our participation in the battles for freedom and to honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

One of the annual activities which has been going on since shortly after the end of World War I is the sale of poppies. These small, bright red paper flowers are handmade by disabled veterans in hospitals.

Poppy Day in Marcellus this year was Thursday May 19. On that day members of Ralph Share Post 297 of the American Legion were on the streets near the center of the village from 6:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. looking for a small donation in exchange for a poppy.

Members of Post 297 will be placing small American flags on the graves of veterans buried in the Marcellus cemeteries on the evening of Thursday May 26 in the St. Francis Cemetery on both sides of New Seneca Turnpike and in Highland Cemetery further up the hill.

In the event of inclement weather the "flagging" will be done on Friday May 27.

Plans for the observance of Memorial Day in Marcellus on Monday May 30 include a parade forming on Reed Parkway near the Driver Middle School at 9:45 a.m., following the usual route and ending at the Veterans Monument in front of the Methodist Church in the center of the village.

This year's speaker will be Chief Warrant Officer 3, U.S. Army (retired) J. Michael Welch, a Marcellian and 1966 graduate of SUNY Morrisville. CWO Welch has served a variety of assignments both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Welch currently resides in Bulverde, Texas.

All service veterans are invited to participate in the Memorial Day observance.

Transportation will be provided for those who are unable to march in the parade.

Post 297, in cooperation with the Marcellus Girls' Lacrosse Club, is also sponsoring a display of flags titled "Field of Heroes" from Memorial Day through Olde Home Days at the village center. Those wishing to purchase a flag should call Dave Locastro at 730-3892 or Dominick Rappazo at 673-4435.

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