News Release

May 20, 2013      

For Further Information Contact
Nelson Eddy Rivera, Director
(845) 486-2060
E-mail: cpillus@dutchessny.gov

Dutchess County Residents: Remember True Meaning of Memorial Day

Poughkeepsie… Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Veterans Services 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. The Dutchess County Division of Veterans will host a special Memorial Day Illumination ceremony and vigil at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on Sunday, May 26th at 7:45 pm at the flag pole in the center of the Walkway.

This special sunset Illumination of the Walkway vigil event will feature a flag ceremony conducted with the Pleasant Valley American Legion, Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars and New York State Park Police. The Daniel Center, Inc. will be honored with a Retired Flag Presentation, and members of Buglers Across America will span the Walkway to play Taps. The public is invited to join in this special event by bringing a flash light, glow stick or other lighted object (no open flames allowed) to help illuminate the Walkway.

Additionally, the Dutchess County Division of Veteran Services has reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of ceremonies and parades happening over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The events listing follows below with contact information for further inquiries.

2013 Memorial Day Community Observances

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

Listed by date, then alphabetically by municipality

Castle Point VA Hospital:
Thursday May 23rd 2013, @ 2:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Castle Point campus, River Memorial Garden
Guest Speaker: Edie Meeks, RN, Vietnam Veteran, Northern Westchester Hospital
Point of Contact: Yvette Rodriguez-Cacho @ 845-831-2000 ext. 5135

Hyde Park:
Friday-Monday May 24-27th 2013, Friday May 24th 2013, @ 7:00 P.M.
USO Show
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center, Hyde Park
Hosted by: FDR Presidential Library
Suggested Donation: $5.00 per person
Point of Contact: 845-486-7745

Saturday May 25th thru Sunday May 26th 2013 @ 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Historic Military Displays
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center, Hyde Park
Point of Contact: 845-486-7745

Monday May 27th 2013 @ 1:30 P.M.
Graveside Memorial Service
Location: Rose Garden, Home of FDR National Historic Site
Hosted by: National Park Service
Guest Speaker: John Golden
Point of Contact: Franceska Macsali-Urban @ 845-229-6214

Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Roosevelt Theatres north to Town Hall. American Legion Post # 1303
Hosted by: Hyde Park Recreation
Point of Contact: Diane Cullen @ 845-229-1477 x4

Wappingers Falls:
Friday-Sunday May 24-26, 2013, @ 5/24 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.; 5/25 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; 5/26 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Baseball Tournament – Sgt. Mark C. Palmateer Memorial
Location: Robinson Lane Fields, Wappingers Falls
Hosted by: Matt and Marci Meybohm
Point of Contact: Marci Meybohm @ 845-625-4157

City of Poughkeepsie:
Saturday May 25th 2013, @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Poughkeepsie Commons Bldg – 131 Hudson Ave, Poughkeepsie
Hosted by: City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion Lafayette Post #37
Point of Contact: Jacquemae Perotta @ 845-452-5960

Milan:
Sunday May 26th 2013, @ 12:00 Noon
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Milan Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan, - off Rt. 199
Hosted by: Town of Milan
Point of Contact: Bill Gallagher @ 845-758-5133 ext 2

Pawling:
Sunday May 26th 2013, @ 11:30 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Ave., Pawling
Hosted by: R. Barry Deickler, American Legion Post 1949
Point of Contact: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church @ 845-855-5276

Poughkeepsie:
Sunday May 26th 2013, @ 7:45 P.M.
Ceremony – Illuminate the Walkway
Location: Flag Pole in the center of the Walkway over the Hudson
Hosted by: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services
Point of Contact: Division of Veterans Services @ 845-486-2060

Village of Fishkill:
Sunday May 26th 2013, @ 2:00 P.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Main Street, Village of Fishkill
Hosted by: Village of Fishkill and VFW Post # 1286
Point of Contact: Rad Wilson @ 845-897-4430

Amenia:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:45 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Fountain Square - Intersections of Rt.22&44 near M&T Bank
Hosted by: Town of Amenia and VFW Post # 5444
Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle @ 845-489-7826

Beacon:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Veteran's Memorial Building
Hosted by: American Legion Beacon Post # 203
Point of Contact: Louis Humphreys @ 845-569-1494

Beekman:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:30 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: 1189 Route 216 (formerly Clove Excavators), ceremony at Beekman Town Hall
Hosted by: Town of Beekman
Point of Contact: Rachael Rancourt @ 724-5300 ext 221

Dover Plains:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Church Hill Road, Wingdale
Guest Speaker: Kati Palmer-House, Town Clerk and Town Historian Town of Dover
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 1949
Point of Contact: John Conto @ 845-877-3771

East Fishkill:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: East Fishkill Community Center and East Fishkill Memorial, Rt 82. and Beekman Road
Hosted by: American Legion Manny Bacon Post # 1758
Point of Contact: Douglas McHoul @ 845-226-4717 or Jim Reynolds @ 845-221-7273

Fishkill:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 3:00 P.M. 
Ceremony
Location: Historic Van Wyck Homestead, 504 Rte 9
Point of Contact: James Burr @ burr@fishkillsupplydepot.org

Lagrange:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Road, LaGrangeville, NY
Hosted by: Town of LaGrange
Point of Contact: Kathy Kowgios @ 845-452-9064

Millbrook:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Village Green and Tribute Garden Park
Hosted by: Millbrook VFW Post # 9008
Point of Contact: Lonn Moore @ 845-392-4911

Millerton:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Millerton Firehouse Veterans’ Park (Village of Millerton) Irondale Cemetery
Hosted by: American Legion Post #178
Point of Contact: Sean Klay @ 518-929-3924

Pawling:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:30 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Utter Brothers, Memorial Drive
Veteran Memorial Plaza at the Village Green
Hosted by: American Legion Hasler Kamp Post # 215
Point of Contact: John Claudet @ 845-855-9477

Pine Plains:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:30 A.M.
Parade
Location: Parade starts at the firehouse Rt 82 and goes to the town clock tower, then will proceed to Evergreen Cemetery
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 426 and VFW Post # 5519
Point of Contact: Bob Clinch @ 518-398-5358 or
Brian Coons @ 914-456-5616

Pleasant Valley:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Pleasant Valley Mill site, Main St.
Guest Speaker: Senator Terry Gipson
Hosted by: Pleasant Valley American Legion Post # 739
Point of Contact: Carl Rennia @ 845-635-2626

Poughkeepsie:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:30 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Dutchess County War Memorial-corner of Raymond Ave. and Main St.
Guest Speaker: Larry Zwillinger, Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley
Hosted by: Dutchess County War Memorial Committee
Point of Contact: John Santiamo @ 845-489-0187

Red Hook:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Begins at Red Hook High School and ends at Memorial Square Park
Guest Speaker: Colonel Olsen
Hosted by: VFW Post # 7765
Point of Contact: William Moore @ 845-758-8175

Rhinebeck:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:15 A.M.
Ceremony and Parade
Location: Ceremony – hamlet of Rhinecliff. Parade - Mulberry St. and Platt Ave located near the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Guest Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Craig C. Wirth, USMC
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 429
Point of Contact: Wayne Rifenburgh @ 914-474-6161 or 845-876-4429

Stanford:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Bangall Monument, Hunns Lake Road
Hosted by: American Legion Leroy Campell Post # 1793
Point of Contact: John Quinn @ 845-868-7742

Town of Wappinger:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 1:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Schlathaus Park, at the intersection of Myers Corners and All Angels Hill roads.
Hosted by: Town of Wappinger
Point of Contact: Barbara Gutzler @ 845-297-2744

Verbank:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: On-The-Green, Verbank, NY (Town of Union Vale)
Hosted by: Union Vale Fire Company
Point of Contact: John J. Welsh @ 845-724-4762

Village of Tivoli:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 10:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Southside Red Church Cemetery RT 9G
Guest Speaker: Mayor Bryan Cranna
Hosted by: American Legion Harris Smith Post # 524
Point of Contact: Commander Thomas Mabie @ 845-757-4489

Village of Wappingers Falls:
Monday May 27th 2013, @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony – Honor Elmer Belding – Purple Heart
Location: Mesier Park, Village of Wappingers Falls
Hosted by: American Legion Post 427 and VFW
Point of Contact: Raymond C. Chase Jr. @ 845-297-2943

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