Memorial Day Observances planned in area communities

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Volunteers have placed flags on gravesites in honor of fallen soldiers.

The fallen will be honored during Memorial Day activities  in area communities on Monday, May 28. World War II?veterans will be featured during the Middlesex activities and a retired Navy captain will speak in Torrey while Stan Clark, a veteran of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, will speak in Penn Yan.

The events include:

Penn Yan

The ceremony will begin at about 11 a.m. in the pavilion at the American Legion on the Himrod Road following the parade, which will step off at 10 a.m. The route will be from Court Street along Main Street to East Main and to the American Legion. Any groups interested in participating in the parade should contact the American Legion at 536-8222. The parade will begin forming at 9 a.m.

The keynote speaker will be Stan Clark, former State Commander of the American Legion and the Master of Ceremonies will be American Legion Commander David Blauvelt. The ceremonial wreaths will be laid at the flag pole outside the American Legion Post. A chicken barbecue will follow the ceremony.


The Town of Torrey will hold its annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dresden United Methodist Church.

Capt. Mark S. Flandreau, U.S.Navy Ret., will be the guest speaker. Captain Flandreau served in the Navy for 30 years, from 1963-1993.  He was aboard the USS Stickell, the Wasp, and the Henley from 1968-1972, and was the commanding officer of five different units in three inland US Navy Reserve Centers. A native of Darien, Conn., now living in Big Flats, Flandreau has seen service in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, becoming both a “Bluenose” and a Shellback,” and sailed the North, Baltic, Aegean, and Mediterranean Seas as well. Besides his military service, he was an engineer for Corning Inc., working in optical fiber, extruded ceramics, and ultrapure glass fabrication.

Four years ago, he became a Licensed Local pastor  in the United Methodist Church, serving two churches in Burdett and Watkins Glen.

The service will also include Toby Bond leading the Memorial Day Choir, Caelin Kordziel leading the Penn Yan Middle School Band, and Don Chambers reading the Roll of Honor.

Following the service will be a parade to the Dresden Cemetery, where a service will be conducted by members of the American Legion Post 1571 under the direction of Richard Brow, and Jeff Stempien will play Taps.

After the services, a Chicken Barbecue will be hosted in the Methodist Church Hall. Dinners are $9 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for children under 6. Chicken halves are $5, and take-outs are available.


Dundee will hold its Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m., immediately followed by a Memorial Day Service in the Seneca Street Park.


The Middlesex parade will line up on Adams Street off Route 245. It will proceed down Route 245 toward the Middlesex Town Hall, turn left onto Route 364 and left onto Lincoln Avenue then William Street ending at the Middlesex Fire House, where the ceremony will be held.

Active duty service members and retired veterans are invited to join in the parade, which will line up at 9:30 a.m at the town barns on Williams Street. For information call 585-554-6059, 585-554-6969, 585-554-3415 or 585-554-6154.

The Grand Marshal is Walter A. Hoffman, a WWII veteran who served in the Africa and European Theaters. He was a Technical Sergeant and Unit Leader. At Anzio, when two officers in the company were badly injured, he ended up with 40 men to lead. In Anzio, his leg was injured by shrapnel so he returned to the U.S. to recover. In 1944 he returned to Europe, where he was wounded again at Normandy. His unit pushed through France, across Germany and into Salzburg, Austria, which is where he learned the war in Europe was over.

He received a Purple Heart and the European Service Ribbon.

He and his wife, Dorthea have been married for 64 years and they have two children, Gary and Susan, and two granddaughters, Samantha and Emma.

The Memorial Day Address will be delivered by Lionel G. “Hap” Metivier, who also served in the European Theater during World War II.

As a member of the 79th Infantry Division, he was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, the crossing of the Rhine and urban fighting in the Ruhr Valley of Dortmund, Bochum and Essen.

He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge in addition to the EAME Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

A resident of Vine Valley, he has two children, Michael and Michelle and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Caitlin.

Senior Veteran John F. “Jack” Voss and Senior Citizen Ruth Bay Clark will be recognized during the ceremony.