Memorial Day parades, services
• Tribes Hill parade, 11 a.m.
• Rensselaer parade, 1 p.m.
• Town of Florida Memorial Day sunset service, Veterans Memorial Park, 214 Fort Hunter Road, Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
• Vale Cemetery, Schenectady, 10:30 a.m.
• Veterans’ Park, Schenectady, 11:15 a.m.
•At Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, a Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m.
• The annual Rotterdam Memorial Day service will be held at Rotterdam Town Hall at 2:30 p.m.
• The annual Albany Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Personnel will begin marching at Partridge Street and Central Avenue and proceed east on Central to Washington Avenue to North Hawk Street. A ceremony honoring veterans will follow in Academy Park, across from the New York State Court of Appeals building at Eagle and Pine streets. The grand marshal will be former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings.
• Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie will host “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” Bishop of Albany Edward Scharfenberger will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. Active members of the military and veterans will be invited to participate in the service.
• Amsterdam Memorial Day service, new memorial at Veterans Field, Locust Avenue, 8 a.m.
• Charlton Memorial Day ceremony, Gideon Hawley Park, Charlton, 2 p.m.
• Charleston Memorial Day Parade, 3 p.m.
• The city of Watervliet’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed from the Watervliet High School parking lot to 19th Street, east to Second Avenue, south to 16th Street and end at Veterans’ Memorial Park for a service.
• In Bolton Landing, the Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Rogers Park. Marchers will proceed to Veterans’ Memorial Park.
• Halfmoon’s annual ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Pavilion, 275 Grooms Road. A color guard, rifle salute and playing of “Taps” will highlight proceedings.
• The Hagaman Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m.
• Glens Falls’ Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. near the Civil War Monument on Glen Street.
• Fonda-Fultonville’s Memorial Day Parade will start at 9 a.m.
• Fort Plain’s Memorial Day observance will begin at 9 a.m. with a wreath dedication at the river bridge. A dedication of fallen soldiers will follow at 9:30. The village parade will begin at 10.
• The town of Glen’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at noon.
• The Village of Hoosick Falls’ parade will begin at 9:30 a.m.
• Middleburgh Memorial Day Celebration, Memorial Park, Main Street, 5 p.m.
• Gloversville, 9:30 a.m.
• Parades also will be held in Esperance and Central Bridge.
Frank X. Quinn knows veterans will listen when he gives the Memorial Day address at Vale Cemetery in Schenectady on Monday.
He hopes younger people will also pay attention.
“I’m going to call the kids up,” said Quinn, 73, who lives in Glenville and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army medical corps. “Anybody in grade school or high school — they don’t know what this is about, usually. They’re the next generation, that’s the target group.”
Past generations of soldiers will be saluted today and Monday as communities observe Memorial Day. On Monday, services also will be held at Rotterdam Town Hall and Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Albany’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Quinn, who spent 23 years on active duty and is also a former Glenville town supervisor, said he’ll be talking about the messages behind Memorial Day.
“What is Memorial Day?” he asked. “Where did it come from, when did it begin? How many military died in our wars? Who are those people?”
Quinn knows the answers — especially about people remembered on Memorial Day, people killed in action during the nation’s wars. “They were brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, cousins and neighbors,” he said. “They were ordinary people.”
The service at Vale will be the 146th annual Memorial Day gathering. The program is sponsored by Schenectady veterans organizations, including the Marine Corps League, American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, the Disabled American Veterans, the Fleet Reserve, the Polish American Veterans and the Jewish War Veterans. Remembrances at Veterans Park will be follow the Vale service at 11:15 a.m.
Quinn considers the speaking role a duty to the men and women who have served their country and have passed on.
“Actually, it’s humbling to be given the opportunity to talk about it,” he said. “It’s really more of something you owe to your former colleagues and other service members. . . . The idea is to say something that’s meaningful to the audience. That’s my challenge.”
Some of the address will be easy. Quinn expects to remind people why so many gather in cemeteries during late May.
“I’m going to point out why we’re stopping, why we shut down schools, government and businesses,” Quinn said. “It isn’t about hot dogs, it isn’t about hamburgers, it isn’t about three-day weekends. It’s about people who gave their lives for us and for our country, that’s what this thing is about. And while all people who served gave something, these people gave their everything. That’s the issue.”