Memorial Day events planned for area towns

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Memorial Day events are set for Monday, May 25 in Penn Yan, Dresden, Dundee and Middlesex.

The Penn Yan Memorial Day parade committee is looking for participants for the Penn Yan Memorial Day Parade, which will be held Monday, May 25, starting at 10 a.m.

The lineup will start on East Main Street by Weldon’s Funeral Home. The parade route will go up Main Street and end at Court Street. The ceremony on the courthouse lawn will follow the parade.

Groups or individuals who would like to enter a float supporting the theme of Memorial Day, or anyone with old cars, marching units, emergency equipment, horses, military equipment, or musical groups are welcome in the parade. Any veteran who would like to be in the parade is encouraged to walk in the parade. Transportation will be available if a veteran is unable to walk in the parade.

Please contact Andy Swarthout at 315-595-6130 to make arrangements to participate in the parade.

Similar parades and ceremonies are also planned for Dundee, Torrey and Middlesex.


The traditional parade will begin at the Dundee Central School at 10 a.m. and proceed along Water and Main Streets to Hollister Street, then to the Seneca Street Park, where the ceremony will be held.


The Town of Torrey Memorial Day Service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25 at the Dresden United Methodist Church on Cornelia Street. U. S. Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Wanda C. Wood will be the guest speaker. Jeff Waite will lead the Penn Yan Middle School Band and Toby Bond will lead the Memorial Day Choir. Don Chambers will read the Roll of Honor. Following the service, there will be a parade to the cemetery, where a service will be conducted under the direction of Don Chambers and other members of American Legion Post 1571. J. Jeffrey Stempien will play taps. After the cemetery service there will be a chicken barbecue at the church; a tent will be set up for those who wish to stay and eat. Dinners are: adults $9, children 6-12 $5, children 5 & under free, and halves $5.


The communities of Middlesex, Rushville and Gorham will host their event beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. in Middlesex. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Adams Street and Route 245 and proceed down Route 245 towards the Middlesex Town Hall. The route will turn left onto Route 364, left onto Lincoln Avenue., left onto William Street and will end at the back side of the Middlesex Fire house. The ceremony will take place at the fire house.

The honored veteran will be Sgt. James “Jim” Boyce, USMC; dedicated citizen is Sonia Grace Flynn Hey, and the Memorial Day Address will be given by Terence “Terry” Henry, Chief Warrant Officer Five (Retired U.S. Army).

A chicken barbecue to benefit The Friendship House of Middlesex will be held from 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Take out only with drive through service at Middlesex United Methodist Church.