Memorial Day started as a result of the Civil War.
One hundred and fifty years after our nation's bloodiest battle first began, it is befitting then that we honor those who served during this internal struggle, specifically the men of Battery B of the 1st N.Y. Artillery, many of whom hailed from Baldwinsville. This year's Memorial Day Parade will do just that.
"This is our celebration of the 150th [anniversary]," said Sarah Baker, one of the organizers of the annual Baldwinsville Memorial Day commemoration.
Beginning after the 5:45 p.m. placement of the memorial wreath and raising of the colors at the village's Veteran's Monument, the parade will feature Sue McManus as the President of the Day and Richard Fastenau as the Grand Marshall. Fastenau is a veteran of the Korean War, which will also be commemorated.
"The Korean War is often referred to as the 'forgotten' war, and we in Baldwinsville want to make sure that those brave veterans are never forgotten, so we honor them this year," Baker said.
Baldwinsville's rich history
A unique feature of Baldwinsville's Memorial Day celebration is the service held after the conclusion of the parade. It begins at St. Mary's Cemetery (6:45 p.m.) with a brief service, then moves to Riverview Cemetery (7 p.m.) where numerous observances take place.
As the parade committee honors Korean War veterans and observes the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Baker said it was important for the community to attend these traditional ceremonies.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to share the rich history of Baldwinsville," she said. "The Baldwinsville Community Band will feature music from the Civil War era and the 122nd Regiment Infantry re-enactors will stand guard at Baldwinsville Civil War Monument."
Other highlights include: recitations by Baker High School students of the Gettysburg Address, In Flanders Fields and Logan's Orders; raising of the colors; placement of the wreaths; salute over the graves; taps; and performances of "Amazing Grace" and "America the Beautiful."