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Dutchess County Honors Those Who Gave All
Illuminate the Walkway Over the Hudson Memorial Day Eve and Memorial Day Ceremony at the County’s War Memorial

Published: 5/13/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, Communications Director

(845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Marcus J. Molinaro and Marc Coviello, Director of the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services, invite residents to participate in two special Memorial Day ceremonies to be held on Memorial Day Eve on the Walkway Over the Hudson and Memorial Day at the Dutchess County War Memorial in the Town of Poughkeepsie, as well as community events are planned throughout the weekend to mark the holiday.

On Sunday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m., the Walkway Over the Hudson continues the tradition of the sunset Memorial Day Eve ceremony and Illumination of the Walkway, which Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services began in 2012. County Executive Molinaro and Director Coviello will join leaders from Dutchess and Ulster counties for a moving sunset ceremony and vigil that will be held on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in honor of those who gave their lives in defense of our great nation. The event will be held at the flagpole in the center of the Walkway and will feature a flag ceremony with the Pleasant Valley American Legion and Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars. A retired flag presentation will be performed, and members of Buglers Across America will play “Taps,” and the Hudson Valley Alumni Guard will be among the local groups taking part. Thousands of luminaries will light up the pedestrian span, with the Friends of the Walkway organization encouraging attendees to purchase luminaries to help add to this special Memorial Day event, proceeds of which will support Walkway Over the Hudson.   Following the ceremony and vigil, the Walkway will remain open to attendees until 10:15 p.m.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, at 11 a.m., Dutchess County will host a tribute ceremony to the men and women of Dutchess County who lost their lives during military service at the Dutchess County War Memorial at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Local Boy Scouts will participate in the tribute, as will County Executive Molinaro, and the guest speaker, Senator Sue Serino.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Generations of brave men and women have protected this great nation, far too many of whom made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our country. Dutchess County will never forget those courageous servicemembers who died to keep America safe, and we continue to honor their legacies – not just on Memorial Day, but every day. I encourage residents to attend one of Dutchess County’s Memorial Day weekend events and pay respect to those whose sacrifices have kept us free.”

For more information, contact Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at (845) 486-2060 or visit

Local municipalities throughout Dutchess County will also be hosting Memorial Day ceremonies to honor and remember those lost in service to our country. County Executive Molinaro and Director Coviello encourage Dutchess County residents to participate in one or more of the numerous Memorial Day events planned across the county.

The Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of events taking place on or around Memorial Day. The event listing follows below with contact information provided for additional inquiries.

2019 Memorial Day
Community Observances in Dutchess County

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

Listed by date, then alphabetically by municipality:

Castle Point VA Hospital:

        Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 @ 2:00 P.M.

        Location: Castle Point Campus, River Memorial Garden
        Point of Contact: Yvette Rodriguez-Cacho @ (845) 831-2000 ext. 5135

Hopewell Junction:

        Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 @ 7:30 A.M.
        Ceremony & Light Breakfast

        Location: John Jay High School, 2012 Rt 52, Hopewell Junction
        Point of Contact: Dave Kedzielawa @ 897-6700 ext. 30043
        Pre-registration is required – to register

Hyde Park:

        Friday, May 24th, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.
        USO Show

        Location: Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Road
        Point of Contact: Clifford Laube @ (845) 486-7745
        Pre-registration is required, visit to register     

Hyde Park:

        Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th, 2019 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
        WWII Encampment & Military Displays

        Location: Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Road
        Point of Contact: Clifford Laube @ (845) 486-7745


        Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 11:30 A.M.
        Parade & Ceremony

        Location: Milan Town Hall, Route 199
        Hosted by: Town of Milan  
        Point of Contact:  Bill Gallagher @ (845) 758-5133 ext. 2,   


        Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 11:15 A.M.        
       Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Avenue, Pawling
        Hosted by: Congregation of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church & American Legion Hasler Kamp Post # 215, Honor Guard
        Point of Contact: Liz Nevermann @ (914) 374-7589,  

City of Poughkeepsie:

        Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 3:00 P.M.

        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,


        Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 7:30 P.M.    
        Ceremony – Illuminate the Walkway

        Location: Flag Pole in the center of the Walkway over the Hudson
        Hosted by: Walkway Over the Hudson
        Point of Contact: Walkway Over the Hudson Administrative Offices (845) 454-9649

Village of Rhinebeck:
        Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.

        Location: 6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck
        Hosted by: Rhinebeck Reformed Church & Montgomery AL Post #429
        Point of Contact: Karla Peterson @ (845) 876-3727


        Monday, May 27TH, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.

        Location: Amenia Veterans Memorial Park
        Hosted by:  VFW Post # 5444 
        Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle @ (845) 489-7826,  


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 1:00 P.M.
        Parade & Ceremony   

        Location: 413 Main Street, Beacon
        Speaker: Robert Lanier, Coast Guard (Ret.) 
        Hosted by: American Legion Beacon Post # 203
        Point of Contact:  Tony Lassiter @ (845) 489-7937

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
        Parade and Ceremony 

        Location:  Dover Elementary School, RT 22  
        Hosted by: American Legion Post # 1949
        Point of Contact:  Keith Keasbey @ (845) 832-9199

East Fishkill:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 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
        Point of Contact: Jim Reynolds @ (845) 221-7273

Village of Fishkill:
        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 1:00 P.M.
        Parade and Ceremony

        Location: Main Street and Broad Street
        Hosted by: VFW Post # 1286 and Village of Fishkill
        Point of Contact: Julie Spann @ (845) 896-9215 

Hopewell Junction:
        Monday, May 27TH, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
        Catholic Mass

        Location: St. Denis Cemetery, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction
        Hosted by: St. Denis Church
        Point of Contact: Fr. Bob Porpora @ (845) 227-8382,  

Hyde Park:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 1:30 P.M.
        Rose Garden Memorial Service 

        Location: Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd
        Hosted by: The National Park Service
        Point of Contact: Clifford Laube @ (845) 486-7745


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.  
        Parade and Ceremony

        Location: Franklin Ave and Tribute Garden Park
        Hosted by:  Millbrook VFW Post # 9008
        Guest Speaker: Army Col. Lisa Shay, Retired
        Point of Contact: Lonn Moore @ (845) 677-8540, 


        Monday May 27th, 2019 @ 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
Pleasant Valley: 

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.

        Location: Pleasant Valley Mill site, Main St.
        Hosted by: Pleasant Valley/Millbrook American Legion Post # 739
        Point of Contact: Ross Hartlip @ (914) 489-1164 

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.

        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 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.
        Parade and Ceremony

        Location: Red Hook High School to Memorial Square Park 
        Hosted by: Red Hook VFW Post # 7765
        Point of Contact: William C. Moore @ (845) 758-8175,   
        County Executive Molinaro will take part in the Red Hook parade


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
        Flag Raising Ceremony 

        Location: 6331 Mill Street
        Hosted by: Rhinecliff Fire Department
        Point of Contact: Dennis McGuire @ (845) 876-4429 or John Spencer @ (845) 876-4429


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.      
        Parade & Ceremony           

        Location: Town Hall and Fire House    
        Hosted by: Town of Beekman
        Point of Contact: Rachael Rancourt @ (845) 724-5300 ext. 221, 

Hyde Park:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:45 A.M.
        Parade & Ceremony

        Location: Hyde Park Town Hall & Hyde Park War Memorial
        Hosted by: Hyde Park Recreation Dept. & American Legion Hyde Park Post # 1303 
        Point of Contact:  Michael Athanas @ (845) 233-5999,
        or Teresa Gasparini (845) 229-8086,


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.

        Location: 120 Stringham Road
        Hosted by: Town of Lagrange, Boy Scout Troop 3082 & Girl Scout Troop 10587
        Point of Contact: Kelly Tighe @ (845) 452-9064, 
North East & Millerton:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.
        Parade & Ceremony

        Location:  Millerton Fire House to Veterans Park, Main Street
        Hosted by: Millerton American Legion Post #178
        Point of Contact:  Sean Klay @ (518) 929-3624,

Pine Plains:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:30 A.M.
        Parade & Ceremony

        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: Marie Stewart @ (845) 546-7349 

Village of Rhinebeck:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:30 A.M.
        Parade and Ceremony 

        Location:  Fairgrounds through Village to Rhinebeck Cemetery
        Hosted by: American Legion Montgomery Post # 429
        Point of Contact: Dennis J. McGuire @ (845) 876-4429,


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
        Parade and Ceremony

        Location: Bangall Monument, Hunns Lake Road
        Hosted by: Leroy Campell American Legion Post # 1793
        Point of Contact: John Quinn @ (845) 868-7742 

Village of Tivoli:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.

        Location: Broadway, Veteran’s Monument 
        Hosted by: American Legion Harris Smith Post #524
        Point of Contact: Commander Thomas Mabie @ (845) 758-1330

Union Vale:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.

        Location: On-The-Green, Verbank (Town of Union Vale)
        Hosted by: Union Vale Fire Company
        Point of Contact: David McMorris @ (914) 475-8397,


        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 2:00 P.M.

        Location: Schlathaus Park, at the intersection of Myers Corners Road and 126 All Angels Hill Road
        Hosted by: Town of Wappinger 
        Point of Contact:  Donna Lenhart @ (845) 297-0720
        County Executive Molinaro will provide keynote remarks

Village of Wappingers Falls:

        Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.

        Location: Mesier Park
        Hosted by: J.M. Goring-WM. Hurtz American Legion Post # 427 and VFW # 5913
        Point of Contact: Raymond C. Chase Jr. @ (845) 297-2943