News Release

May 15, 2015      

For Further Information Contact:
Colleen Pillus
(845) 486-2000
E-mail: cpillus@dutchessny.gov


Memorial Day Events Help Dutchess County Residents Remember True Meaning of Holiday

Poughkeepsie…Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Veterans’ Service Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) ask Dutchess County residents to remember the sacrifices of veterans who have died in service to our country. Residents are encouraged to participate in the many Memorial Day ceremonies and parades taking place across the county to remember and honor those who have died to defend our freedom..

County Executive Molinaro said, “Memorial Day weekend gives Dutchess County residents and visitors many occasions to remember those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect ours. I invite County residents to join me in celebrating those veterans’ lives this weekend – be it at a parade, a solemn remembrance ceremony or our special Illumination of the Walkway event on Sunday, May 24th or our Dutchess County War Memorial Ceremony on May 25th – and keep their memory alive.”

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

“Let us never forget the price our veterans paid to preserve our freedom. This weekend’s Memorial Day events afford us ample opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday: to honor those who have died for our country and ensure they’ll never be forgotten,” said Dutchess County Veterans Services’ Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret).

 

2015 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 21st, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Castle Point Campus, River Memorial Garden
Point of Contact: Yvette Rodriguez-Cacho @ 845-831-2000 ext. 5135

 

City of Poughkeepsie:

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Soldier & Sailor Fountain, South Ave.
Hosted by: City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion Lafayette Post #37
Point of Contact: Jacquemae Perotta @ 845-452-5960, perrotta305@aol.com

 

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 @ 8:00 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: Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services @ 845-486-2060

 

Hopewell Junction:

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 @ 3:30 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Route 376, Hopewell Junction Recreation Park
Hosted by: Sons of Italy and America, Joe DiMaggio Lodge
Point of Contact: Richard Palazzo @ 914-489-0319, disvet381@aol.com

 

Pawling:

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 @ 11:30 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Avenue, Pawling
Hosted by: Congregation of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Point of Contact: John Ford @ 845-416-5576

 

Village of Fishkill:

 Sunday, May 24th, 2015 @ 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: Angela Arasim @ 845-897-4430, angiea@vofishkill.com

 

Amenia:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:45 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Fountain Square - Intersections of Rt. 22 & 44 near M&T Bank
Hosted by: Town of Amenia, VFW Post #5444 and Wassaic Volunteer Firefighters
Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle @ 845-489-7826, vdoyle@ameniany.gov

 

Beacon:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 8:30 A.M., 10:00 A.M.
Sailor Service, Parade and Ceremony
Location: Fishkill Creek Bridge in Beacon
Hosted by: American Legion Beacon Post #203
Point of Contact: Louis Humphreys @ 845-527-4010, luis45678@aol.com

 

Beekman:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 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

 

East Fishkill:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:45 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, Town of East Fishkill
Point of Contact: Gina Grippo @ 845-221-4303, grippog@eastfishkillny.org or Kevin Hathron @ 845-264-5159, khath48@yhaoo.com

 

Hyde Park:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade
Location: Route 9 Hyde Park
Hosted by: Hyde Park Recreation
Point of Contact:  Diane Cullen @ 845-229-8086 x4, recprogramleader@hydeparkny.us

 

LaGrange:

Monday, May 25th 2015 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Road, Lagrangeville, NY
Hosted by: Town of LaGrange Supervisor and LaGrange Town Board
Point of Contact: Kathy Kowgios @ 845-452-9064

 

Milan:

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 @ 12:00 Noon
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Milan Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan- off Rt. 199
Hosted by: Town of Milan Veterans’ Committee
Point of Contact:  Bill Gallagher @ 845-758-5133 ext 2, supervisor@milan-ny.gov   

 

Millbrook:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.  
Parade and Ceremony Location: Village Green and Tribute Garden Park
Hosted by:  Millbrook VFW Post #9008
Point of Contact:  Walt Jacob @ 845-677-8247 or Lonn Moore @ 845-392-4911, moorelonn@yahoo.com

 

Millerton:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M. Parade
Location:  Main Street, Millerton Hosted by: American Legion Post #178
Point of Contact:  Robert Jenks @ 845-656-6466, topbobjenks1@hotmail.com

 

Pawling:

Monday May 25th 2015, @ 9:30 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Utter Brothers, Memorial Drive to
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 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade
Location: Town Clock Memorial at South Main Street in the Town of Pine Plains
Hosted by: Shekomeko American Legion Post #426 and Pine Plains VFW Post #5519
Point of Contact: Brian Coons, Town Supervisor @ 518-965-1875, supervisor@pineplains-ny.gov

 

Pleasant Valley: 

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Pleasant Valley Mill site, Main St.
Guest Speaker: Honorable Kieran Michael Lawlor, NYS Assemblyman
Hosted by: Pleasant Valley American Legion Post # 739
Point of Contact: Carl Rennia @ 845-635-2626

 

Poughkeepsie:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Dutchess County War Memorial, corner of Raymond Ave. and Main St.
Hosted by: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services
Point of Contact: Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services @ 845-486-2060

 

Red Hook:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Begins at Red Hook High School and ends at Memorial Square Park
Hosted by: Red Hook VFW Post #7765
Point of Contact: William Moore @ 845-758-8175 

 

Rhinebeck:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:30 A.M.
Ceremony and Parade
Location: Village Streets and Rhinebeck Cemetery
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 429
Point of Contact: Wayne Rifenburgh @ 914-474-6161, troypres@aol.com

 

Rhinecliff:

Monday, Mary 25th, 2015 @ 9:15 A.M.
Salute to the Honored Dead and Flag Raising
Location: Rhinecliff, NY
Hosted by: American Legion Post #429
Point of Contact: Wayne Rifenburgh @ 914-474-6161, troypres@aol.com

 

Stanford:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Grange Hall to Bangall Monument, Hunns Lake Road
Hosted by: Leroy Campell American Legion Post #1793
Point of Contact: John Quinn @ 845-868-7742

 

Town of Wappinger:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M. Ceremony
Location: Schlathaus Park, at the intersection of Myers Corners Road and All Angels Hill Road
Hosted by: Town of Wappinger
Point of Contact: Donna Lenhart @ 845-297-0720

 

Union Vale:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: On-The-Green, Verbank (Town of Union Vale)
Hosted by: Union Vale Fire Company
Point of Contact: David McMorris @ 914-475-8397, dbmcmorris@optonline.net

 

Village of Tivoli:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Southside Red Church Cemetery Rt. 9G
Hosted by: American Legion Harris Smith Post #524
Point of Contact: Commander Thomas Mabie @ 845-758-1330

 

Village of Wappingers Falls:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Mesier Park, Village of Wappingers Falls
Hosted by: American Legion Post 427 and VFW #5913
Point of Contact: Raymond C. Chase Jr. @ 845-297-2943

 

Wingdale:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: JH Ketchem Firehouse 
Hosted by: American Legion Post #1949
Point of Contact:  John Conto @ 845-877-3771


 

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