Cazenovia Memorial Day events announced

— The commander of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, John J. Mott, calls on the community to come to Memorial Park on Albany St., Cazenovia on Monday, May 26, 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 Post 88’s Commander Jack Mott will be the master of ceremonies. Joining him for a chaplain’s moment of prayer and reflection will be The Rev. George A. Van Arnam, an ordained United Methodist minister and pastoral counselor. The Rev. Van Arnam resides in Cazenovia with his wife Peggy.

The guest speaker will be Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 member Elizabeth Koennecke, who served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1984-87 as a first lieutenant and registered nurse at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. After her service to our country, she graduated from Albany Law School.

Her career includes work as an assistant district attorney for Clinton County, N.Y, as senior attorney advisor to the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C. and administrative law judge for the Office of Hearings and Appeals in Washington State. Koennecke currently is an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration in Syracuse, and has served in that capacity for the past 10 years.

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