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Memorial Day parade honors service and sacrifice

The Skaneateles Memorial Day parade stopped at Lakeview Cemetery to lay wreaths and offer a prayer.

The Skaneateles Memorial Day parade stopped at Lakeview Cemetery to lay wreaths and offer a prayer. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The rain came for a brief downpour and the thunder rolled slightly over the village as the 2012 Skaneateles Memorial Day parade took place Monday, May 28.

The parade, which began and ended in sunshine, followed the same route as years past: starting at the American Legion post on Jordan Road, going to St. Mary’s Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony, then down Jordan and up East Genesee Street to Lakeview Cemetery for another wreath laying. The final leg went down East Genesee Street to the Clift Park veterans’ memorial for a third wreath laying and a final speech.

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Kelly Falkenberg with her children Kate and Andrew sat in the back of their car to watch the parade pass down Jordan Street.

Participating in this year’s parade were veterans from all service branches who served in wars and conflicts from World War II through Iraq; members of the Sons of the American legion, boy scouts and girl scouts; the Skaneateles Fire Department, SAVES, members of the village board of trustees and the town board, and the new school drumline and dance squad.

Community members of all ages lined both sides of the entire parade route and waved, smiled, cheered, clapped and saluted as marchers passed them by.

Lt. Col. Brad McLennan, second vice commander of the Skaneateles American Legion and organizer of the Memorial Day exercises, said, “We always try to keep our parade in line with honoring and remembering the veterans who have given their lives in defending our country. This is not about the parade, it is what the parade is about.”

Father Darr Schoenhofen, of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church on Austin Street, gave the prayer at St. Mary’s Cemetery and Joellyn Tuttle, pastor of the United Methodist Church on Jordan Street, gave the prayer at Lakeview Cemetery.

Skaneateles American Legion Commander Kurt Reilly and Skaneateles Fire Chief Eric Sell presented the wreaths at both cemeteries and the veterans’ memorial at Clift Park.

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