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Dutchess County Residents: Remember True Meaning of Memorial Day

Published: 5/21/2012

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Memorial Day is Monday, May 28th.  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.  There will be National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. in honor of those who have died to defend our freedom. 

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 Division of Veteran Services 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.


2012 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 24th 2012, @ 2:00 P.M.
  Castle Point Campus, River Memorial Garden
  Guest Speaker: Omayra Bedward, Human Resources Specialist, VA Hudson Valley HCS
  Point of Contact: Yvette Rodriguez - 831-2000 ext. 5135

City of Poughkeepsie:
  Sunday May 27th 2012, @ 2:00 P.M.
  Soldier & Sailors Fountain – South Ave, Poughkeepsie
  Guest Speaker: Mayor John Tkazyik
  Hosted by: American Legion Lafayette Post #37
  Point of Contact: Jacquemae Perotta - 452-5960

  Sunday May 27th 2012, @ 12:00 Noon
  Parade and Ceremony
  Milan Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan, - off Rt. 199
  Hosted by: Milan’s Veterans Committee
  Point of Contact:  Supervisor Bill Gallagher – (845) 758- 5133

  Sunday May 27th 2012, @ 11:30 AM
  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Ave, Pawling, NY. There will be an outdoor memorial service to honor
  all the brave men and women who served in the Armed Forces. The Pawling Legion Color Guard will be singing
  patriotic songs and praying for each of those who have gone on before us. Our lawn will be adorned with over
  300 American flags bearing the name and branch of service for each deceased veteran.
  Hosted by: R. Barry Deickler, American Legion Post 1949
  Point of Contact: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church - 855-5276

  Sunday May 27th 2012, @ 7:30 P.M.
  Ceremony – Illuminate the Walkway
  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 - 486-2060

Village of Fishkill:
  Sunday May 27th 2012, @ 2:00 P.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Parade will go down Main Street and the ceremony will be at Monument square on the corner of Main and
  Broad Streets
  Hosted by: Village of Fishkill and VFW Post 1286
  Point of Contact: Rad Wilson - 897-4430 or

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:30 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Parade starts at 10:30 A.M., Line up 10:00 A.M. at Amenia Firehouse. All Veterans welcome to march.
  Ceremony starts at 11:00 A.M. at Fountain Square - Intersections of Rt.22&44 near M&T Bank
  Hosted by: Amenia Fire Company and VFW Post 5444
  Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle 677-7600 ext. 203

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 8:30 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Naval event including gun salute & a wreath tossed into the water at the Fishkill Creek. A parade up Main Street
  in Beacon finishing behind the Veteran's Memorial Building will follow. A Memorial Service honoring our local
  fallen heroes in front of the Veteran's Memorial Building
  Hosted by: American Legion Beacon Post 203
  Point of Contact: Louis Humphreys - 569-1494

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:00 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Parade line up will be at 9:30 A.M. at Clove Excavators Parking Lot and a ceremony of lying of the wreath
  to be conducted at the Town Hall immediately following the parade.   
  Hosted by: Town of Beekman
  Point of Contact: Rachael Rancourt -724-5300 ext 221

Dover Plains:
  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 9:30 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Veterans’ Section at Valley View Cemetery, Nellie Hill Rd., Dover Plains, NY
  Guest Speaker: Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson
  Hosted by: American Legion Post # 1949
  Point of Contact:  John Conto, Legion Commander - 877-3771

East Fishkill:
  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:30 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Parade starts at East Fishkill Community Center, Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at the junction
  of Route 82 and Beekman Road
  Master of Ceremonies & Guest speaker: Douglas A. McHoul, former Dutchess County Commissioner
  of Personnel and Legislature Chairman.
  Guest speaker: Lt. Col. Mark Baaden, U.S. Army
  Hosted by: Manny Bacon, American Legion Post 1758; Commander Neil Klock; East Fishkill Community
  Choir and Director Marge Way
  Point of Contact: Bonnie Wiegard - 226-4717 or Doug McHoul - 787-741-8449.

Hyde Park:
  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:00 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Hyde Park NY – Parade begins at Roosevelt Theatre on Rte 9 and proceeds north to Town Hall where the
  Legion Post 1303 will hold a Memorial Service     
  Special Guests: 25 Sailors from the USS Roosevelt.
  Hosted by: Hyde Park Recreation and Legion Post 1303
  Point of Contact:  Diane Cullen - 229-8086 x4 or

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 11:00 A.M.
  LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Road, LaGrangeville, NY
  Hosted by: Town of LaGrange 
  Point of Contact: Kathy Kowgios - 452-9064 or Jon Wagner 264-3571

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:00 A.M. 
  Parade and Ceremony
  Parade proceeds down Franklin Ave, around the Veterans Green; Halts, wreaths placed on Memorials, and
  then proceeds into the Tribute Garden for the Ceremony
  Hosted by:  Millbrook VFW Post 9008
  Point of Contact:  Lonn Moore - 392-4911 or email

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:00 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Veterans’ Park (Village of Millerton) Irondale Cemetery
  Hosted by: American Legion Post #178
  Point of Contact: Robert Jenks, Commander Post #178 (518) 789-6466

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 9:30 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Utter Brothers, Memorial Ave.
  Veteran Memorial Plaza at the Village Green
  Hosted by: Hasler Kamp, Pawling American Legion Post 215
  Point of Contact: John Claudet – 855-9477

Pine Plains:
  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:30 A.M.
  Parade starts at the firehouse on Rt. 82 and goes to the Town Clock tower, then will proceed to
  Evergreen Cemetery
  Guest Speaker:  Capt. David Byrne, a West Point graduate and SW Asia Combat Veteran.
  Grand Marshall: Rose Miller, a WWII flight nurse and Pacific theater veteran.
  Hosted by: American Legion Post 426 and VFW Post 5519
  Point of Contact: George Keeler - 518-398-7391(H) or 854- 505-1799(C)

Pleasant Valley:
  Monday May 28th 2011, @ 11:00 A.M.
  Pleasant Valley Memorial Park, Corner of Rt. 44 and South Avenue.
  Guest Speaker: Judge Rosenbaltt, former New York State Supreme Court Justice
  Hosted by: Pleasant Valley American Legion Post 739
  Point of Contact: Carl Rennia - 635-2626

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 9:30 A.M.
  Dutchess County War Memorial-corner of Raymond Ave. and Main St.
  Guest Speaker: Paula Zwillinger, President of Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley
  Hosted by: Dutchess County War Memorial Committee                           
  Point of Contact: John Santiamo - 489-0187

Red Hook:
  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 10:00 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Begins at Red Hook High School and ends at Memorial Square Park 
  Hosted by: VFW Post 7765
  Point of Contact: William Moore - 758-8175 or

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 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 Avenue 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: Senior Master Sergeant Thomas Stark, United States Air Force. 
  Point of Contact: Wayne Rifenburgh - 474-6161 or 876-4429

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 9:00 A.M.
  Parade and Ceremony
  Parade starts at the Grange Hall on Route 82 and continues north on Rt. 82, up Hunns Lake Road to
  the Bangall Memorial in Bangall.
  Ceremony at Bangall Memorial
  Hosted by: American Legion Leroy Campell Post 1793
  Point of Contact: John Quinn from the Legion @ 845-868-7742

Town of Wappinger:
  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 2:00 P.M.
  Schlathaus Park, at the intersection of Myers Corners and All Angels Hill Roads.
  Hosted by: Town of Wappinger
  Point of Contact:  Donna Lenhart - 297-0720

  Monday May 28th 2012, @ 9:00 A.M.
  On-The-Green, Verbank, NY (Town of Union Vale)
  Hosted by: Union Vale Fire Company
  Point of Contact: John J. Welsh 724-4762 or