Cazenovia Veterans prepare for Memorial Day

Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 Commander John J. Mott calls the community to come to Memorial Park on Albany Street, on Monday, May 28, to participate in the observance of Memorial Day.

It is here that solemn ceremonies will be held, speeches given, wreaths laid, rifle salutes and taps played to honor those who have given their lives in the service to our country.

The Legion’s color guard will step off the parade to Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. from the corner of Emory Avenue and Forman Street in front of the high school, rain or shine.

Parade groups should start lining up at 10 a.m.

Those organizations wishing to march in the parade should contact the parade coordinator Frank Gallucci at 655-3652 for information.

All veterans are welcome and encouraged to march. Vehicles will be available for those veterans who feel the long walk would be too strenuous. Veterans needing transportation to the parade and/or needing a ride in the parade should call Ron McDermott at 655-2037 or John Colligan at 655-2233 to make arrangements.

The parade will rest at Memorial Park, where Mott will be the master of ceremonies. Joining him will be Father Kevin Corcoran, Pastor of St. James Catholic Church of Cazenovia, who will offer a prayer and reflection for Memorial Day.

The guest speaker will be Colonel Charles S. Dorsey of the New York Air National Guard.

Colonel Dorsey is the maintenance group commander for the 174th Fighter Wing in Syracuse. He was appointed to that position in July 2001 and was promoted to his current rank in 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University and has attended Squadron Office School, Air Command & Staff College along with the Air War College.

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