Harold Burke held his trumpet, and his concentration. The young man from Boy Scout Troop 88 played patriotic notes during a Memorial Day service in Schenectady on May 29, 1989. People inside Veterans’ Park listened — and reflected on the men and women who gave their lives for the nation’s freedom. Trumpet players, majorettes and flag wavers have always participated in Memorial Day parades and services. In 1988, people on Crane Street clapped for marchers that included the young Rotterdam Sweethearts.
Mary Anne Thwaits places American flags on veterans’ graves at Vale Cemetery in Schenectady in 1989.
David Connell decorates family graves in St. John’s Cemetery in Schenectady in late May 1989 as daughter Corissa Connell holds flowers. Memorial Day is traditionally a time to visit cemeteries and remember sacrifices others have made in the name of freedom.
Harold Burke of Boy Scout Troop 88 plays his trumpet during Memorial Day services in Veterans Park on May 29, 1989.
A veteran reflects during Memorial Day ser-vices in Schenectady in 1989.
Members of local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters stand during Memorial Day services in Schenectady in 1989.
Trombonists from the Schoharie Junior High-Elementary Band take a break during the 1989 Memorial Day parade in Esperance.
Color guard members hold their flags high during a 1989 Memorial Day parade in Esperance.
Young drum majorettes from the Rotterdam Sweethearts march on Crane Street during a Memorial Day parade on May 23, 1988.
Janette and Jessica Johnson of East Greenbush hold their flags during the Memorial Day parade in Albany in 1989. The girls watched the marchers and musicians from the state Education Building.
Veterans in caps and hats march on Crane Street during the neighborhood’s 1988 Memorial Day parade.