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News Release    

May 26, 2010      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Residents: Remember True Meaning of Memorial Day

Poughkeepsie… Memorial Day is Monday, May 31st.  Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Veterans Service Agency Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) encourage residents to remember the sacrifices of veterans who have died in service to our country and participate in the many Memorial Day ceremonies and parades taking place across the county and take time to pause for the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. in honor of those who have died to defend our freedom. 

“On Memorial Day, we remember the ultimate sacrifice of those who have died in service to our country, we say thank you to all those who have returned home, and we pray for those who are still abroad protecting our freedom.” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “I hope every Dutchess County resident will make the time to participate in one of the many community observances and stop to pause for the Moment of Remembrance, so we can all honor those who have sacrificed for our country.”

The National Moment of Remembrance is an act of national unity to honor America’s fallen. All citizens, alone or with family and friends, wherever they are at 3 p.m., are asked to pause for a Moment of reflection honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The goal is to put “Memorial” back into Memorial Day.   A Gallup poll indicated that only 28 percent of Americans realize the true meaning of the holiday. 

The Moment of Remembrance is not meant to replace traditional Memorial Day ceremonies or events. It is an act of remembrance to celebrate the lives of those who died and an opportunity for citizens to rededicate themselves to giving back to America in their memory.

The Dutchess County Veterans Service Agency reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of ceremonies and parades happening over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.    Event listing follows below with contact information for further inquiries.

Dutchess County Veterans Service Agency Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret). also encourages residents to tune in for the National Memorial Day Concert broadcast event to air on Sunday, May 30th at 8pm on PBS.    According to the PBS website,  this year's concert will feature acclaimed actors Dennis Haysbert and Gary Siniseas as they share the story of the final days in the life of PFC Charles Johnson, killed in Action while fighting in North Korea on June 12, 1953.  Charles Johnson was a native of Millbrook and a graduate of Arlington High School.   Charlie's high school buddy and fellow soldier, Donald Dingee, fought with Charlie and relates how his selfless actions on the battlefield saved Don's life and the lives of many in his platoon.  To learn more about the Charlie Johnson Legacy Project, visit

“We are so proud of the men and women of Dutchess County who have stepped up to serve our country.   My hope is people will take the time to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country,” said Dutchess County Veterans Service Agency Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret).

2010 Memorial Day
Community Observances

(Based on information provided by municipalities and community organizations.)

Listed by date, then alphabetically by municipality

Castle Point VA Hospital:                                 
                        Friday May 28th, 2010, 2:00 P.M.
                        Castle point campus, River Memorial Garden
                        Guest Speaker will be Lt. Col. David A. Jones, U.S. Military Academy
                        Contact: Yvette Rodriguez @ 831-2000 ext. 5135

Hyde Park:
                         Sunday, May 30th at 2pm
USS Roosevelt Commanding Officer Robert B. Chadwick II
                           will host a presentation on USS Roosevelt and its crew in the Wallace Center Auditorium
                           at the FDR Home & Library at 2pm

New Hamburg:
                       Saturday May, 29th, 2010, 10:30 A.M.
                       15 Channingville Road, Wappingers Falls
                       Hosted by New Hamburg Engine # 1
                       Contact: Mehmet Gokcay @ (914)584-0647

Village of Pawling:
                       Sunday May 30th, 2010, 2:00 P.M. 
                       Memorial Service - outdoors
                       Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
                       22 Coulter Avenue
                       Contact: John Ford @ 855-5276

                       Sunday May 30th, 2010, 5:00 P.M.
                       Memorial Service
                       The Methodist Church, on the corner of Rt.44 and Dutchess Ave.
                       Contact: Vice Commander Sean Klay @ (518) 929-3624

                       Monday May 31st, 2010, 10:00 A.M.
                       Parade and Ceremony
                       Parade begins at the Millerton Fire House on Century Blvd and ends at  
                       Veterans Park where a ceremony will be held
                       Guest Speaker will be MAJ. Vincent Heintz, U.S. Army
                       Contact: Vice Commander Sean Klay @ (518) 929-3624

                       Monday May 31st, 2010, 11:00 A.M.
                       Fountain Square-Intersections of Rt.22&44 near M&T Bank
                       Hosted by The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War
                       Contact: Vicki Doyle @ 373-9550

                       Monday, May 31st, 2010, 9:30 A.M.
                       Parade at 9:30 A.M., starts in front of City Hall
                       Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M., Memorial Hall 
                       Hosted by Beacon Post 203
                       Contact: Adjutant Louis Humphreys @ 569-1494

                       Monday May 31st, 2010 10:00 A.M.
                       Parade, starts at Clove Excavators on Route 216
                          followed by Ceremony at Beekman Town Hall
                       There will be a guest speaker, music and laying of the wreath
                       Contact: Virginia M. Ward @ 724-5300 ext. 221

                       Monday, May 31st
                       Parade followed by Ceremonies
                       Parade begins at 9:30am at Dover Plains Elementary School on Route 22
                       Ceremony will take place at the Valley View Cemetery at approximately 10am.
                       Hosted by American Legion Post 1949
                       Contact: John Conto, Commander @ 877-3771
                       * Inclement weather plan – no parade will be held, ceremony will be held at the Fire House on Rt. 22

East Fishkill:
Monday, May 31st at 11am
                      Veterans Memorial located at the junction of Route 82 and Beekman Road.
Speaker will be former Dutchess County Commissioner of Personnel  Douglas A. McHoul
Contact: Doug McHoul @ (787) 741-8449

                       Monday May 31st, 2010, 10:00 A.M.
                       Parade begins at Church St. 
                       Memorial Service at 10:30 A.M. located at Monument Square
                       Hosted by VFW Post 1286
                       Contact: Rad Wilson @ 897-4430

                       Monday, May 31st, 2010, 1:00 P.M.
                       Hughsonville Fire Station-88 Old Hopewell Rd.
                       Contact: William H Beale @ 224-4082

Hyde Park:
                       Monday, May 31st
                       Parade followed by Ceremony
                       Parade begins at 10am at Hyde Park Drive-in Theater
                       Ceremony to follow parade at Hyde Park Town Hall
                       Guest Speakers will be USS Roosevelt Commander Robert B. Chadwick II and
                          U.S. Congressman Scott Murphy
                       Hosted by the Town of Hyde Park Recreation Committee and American Legion Post 1303

                       Federal Memorial Day Service
                       Rose Garden Ceremony at FDR Home and Library Historic Site at 2pm
                       Guest Speakers will be USS Roosevelt Commander Robert B. Chadwick II and
                          U.S. Congressman Scott Murphy
                       Hosted by U.S. Park Service.

                       Monday, May 31st , 11:00 A.M.
                       Arlington Honor Guard to provide salute at town hall memorial
                       Speaker will be Carl Valentino former USN Lt.

                       Monday May 31st, 2010, 10:00 A.M.
                       Parade and Ceremony
                       Pawling Memorials, Corner of East Main St. and Charles Coleman Blvd.
                       Hosted by Hasler-Kamp, Post 215 American Legion of Pawling
                       Contact: Commander Jerry  Christiansen @ 855-5274

Pleasant Valley:
                       Monday May 31st, 2010, 11:00 A.M.
                       Ceremony - Pleasant Valley Memorial Park
                       Corner of Rt.44 and South Ave.
                       Guest speaker will be Assemblyman Marc Molinaro
                       Contact: John McNair @ 635-3598

                        Monday May 31st, 2010, 9:30 A.M.
                        Dutchess County War Memorial-corner of Raymond Ave. and Main St.
                        Guest Speaker will be Supervisor Pat Myers
                        Hosted by the Dutchess County War Memorial Committee                           
                        Contact: Nelson Eddy Rivera @ 486-2060 

                         Monday May 31st, 2010, 10:00 A.M.
                         The American Legion-50 Legion Rd.
                         Hosted by American Legion Post 1466
                         Contact: Commander Hugo Fischer Jr. @ 471-5986

Red Hook:
                        Monday May 31st, 2010, 10:00 A.M.
                        Begins at Red Hook High School and ends at Memorial Square Park
                        Followed by an Observance Ceremony and laying of wreaths
                        Hosted by VFW Post 7765
                        Contact: William Moore @ 758-8175

                         Monday, May 31st, 2010 9:15 A.M.
                         Ceremonies followed by Parade
                         Ceremonies begin in the hamlet of Rhinecliff at 9:15 A.M.
                         Parade will begin at the corner of Mulberry St. and Platt Ave. located near
                         the Dutchess County Fairgrounds at 10:30 A.M.
                         Memorial Services at Rhinebeck Cemetery
                         Refreshments to be served at the Legion home on Mill St.
                         Guest speaker will be-Captain Daniel Drake, U.S. Army
                         Contact: Wayne Rifenburgh @ 876-7376 or 876-4429

                         Monday, May 31st, 2010, 9:15 A.M.
                         Rhinecliff War Memorial-Intersection of Shatzell Ave. and Kelly St.
                         Hosted by the Rhinecliff Fire Department
                         Contact: Chief Bill Cotting @ 849-5223

                          Monday May 31st, 2010, 9:00 A.M.
                          Parade followed by Ceremonies
                          Parade begins at the Grange Hall on Rt. 82 and ends at the Bangall              
                          Monument in Bangall where the ceremonies will take place
                          Hosted by The American Legion
                          Contact: John Quinn @ 868-7742

Union Vale:
                         Monday, May 31st, 2010 9:00 A.M.
                         Union Vale Veterans Monument, on the green, just off of Rt.82 in the town of Union Vale 
                         Hosted by the Union Vale Fire Company

Wappingers Falls:
                         Monday May 31st, 2010, 9:00 A.M.
                         Start at Wappingers Rural Cemetery, proceed to St. Mary’s Cemetery
                         And finish up at the Meiser Homestead with refreshments
                         Hosted by VFW Post 5913 and American Legion Post 427
                         Contact: George Hemroth @ 297-9843 or Raymond Chase @ 297-2943


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