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Dutchess County War Memorial Ceremony and Other Local Memorial Day Events

Published: 5/15/2024

Poughkeepsie … Dutchess County Executive Sue Serino and Veterans Services Director Adam Roche invite residents to attend Dutchess County’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Dutchess County War Memorial on Monday, May 27th, at 11 a.m. The Dutchess County War Memorial is located at John K. Rinaldi Memorial Park at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

The annual event gathers residents, veterans and their families to honor the courageous service members who gave their lives in defense of our nation. The remembrance will include a wreath-laying ceremony, presentation of colors by the Poughkeepsie High School JROTC and remarks from Madison Fletcher, VFW District 2 Commander.

County Executive Serino said, “For generations, brave Dutchess County residents have given their lives, in service to our country, to keep us free. We will never forget these ultimate sacrifices, nor the brave men and women who made them. Dutchess County will always honor our heroes, and our county’s annual Memorial Day ceremony brings dignity and respect to their memory. I encourage all residents to observe this most solemn holiday, and I urge you to join us in commemorating those who paid for our liberty with their lives.”

Memorial Day is a national holiday honoring the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. They are remembered and honored for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

County Executive Serino and Director Roche encourage Dutchess County residents to celebrate local veterans by participating in one or more of the numerous Memorial Day events planned across the county. Dutchess County 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:


2024 Memorial Day Community Observances
(Based on information provided by municipalities and community organizations)

Listed by date, then alphabetically by municipality:

Hopewell Junction
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 @ 7:30 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: John Jay High School (at the flagpole)
Hosted by: John Jay students, staff, and American Legion Post 1758
Point of Contact: Jim Reynolds @ (845) 221-7273


City of Poughkeepsie
Sunday, May 26th, 2024 @ 3:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Soldier & Sailor Fountain, South Ave.
Hosted by:  City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion Lafayette Post # 37
Point of Contact: Nate Grant @ (845) 249-9599


Town of Milan
Sunday, May 26th, 2024 @ 12:00 P.M.
Parade
Location: Milan Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle
Hosted by: Town of Milan Veterans’ Committee
Point of Contact: Victoria LoBrutto @ victorialobrutto@gmail.com
  
Village of Rhinebeck
Sunday, May 26th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: 6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck
Hosted by: Rhinebeck Reformed Church 
Point of Contact: Rhinebeck Reformed Church @ (845) 876-3727


Amenia
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Fountian Square War Memorial, 4958 Rt. 22 
Hosted by:  Town of Amenia & VFW Post # 5444 
Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle @ (845) 489-7826, vdoyle@ameniany.gov


Beacon
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M. 
Ceremony   
Location: 413 Main Street, Beacon
Hosted by: Beacon American Legion Post # 203
Point of Contact:  Harold Delamater @ (845) 337-6509
    
East Fishkill
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 9:45 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: East Fishkill Memorial Park, Rt 82 and Beekman Road
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 1758 and Town of East Fishkill
Point of Contact: Gina Grippo @ (845) 221-4303 or
James Reynolds @ (845) 221-7273


Millbrook
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.  
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Franklin Ave and Tribute Garden Park
Hosted by:  Millbrook VFW Post # 9008
Point of Contact:  Jeff Moseman @ (845) 505-4336
 
Pleasant Valley
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony 
Location: Pleasant Valley Mill site, Main St.
Hosted by: Pleasant Valley/Millbrook American Legion Post # 739
Point of Contact: Ross Hartlip @ (914) 489-1164

Poughkeepsie                       
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Dutchess County War Memorial-corner of Raymond Ave. and Main St.
Hosted by: Dutchess County Executive Sue Serino and Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services
Point of Contact: Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services @ (845) 486-2060 

Red Hook
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 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, wmoore@hvc.rr.com


Rhinebeck
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 10:30 A.M.
Parade
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 429
Point of Contact: Johnny Spencer @ (845) 876-4429


Rhinecliff
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location:  Center of Town 
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 429
Point of Contact: Johnny Spencer @ (845) 876-4429


Staatsburg
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 8:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Dinsmore Park on Old Post Road in the Hamlet of Staatsburg
Hosted by: Community Volunteers
Point of Contact: Bob Linville @ (845) 551-9138


Town of Beekman
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 10:00 A.M.      
Parade & Ceremony     
Location: Town Hall and Fire House    
Hosted by: Town of Beekman
Point of Contact: Laureen Abbatantuono @ (845) 724-5300 ext 221, townclerk@townofbeekmanny.us


Town of Hyde Park
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Hyde Park Town Hall & Hyde Park War Memorial
Hosted by: Hyde Park Recreation Dept. & 
American Legion Post # 1303 
Point of Contact:  Morgan Sacerdote (845) 229-8086 or 
Michael Athanas (845) 233-4371


Town of Lagrange
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: 120 Stringham Road
Hosted by: Town of Lagrange
Point of Contact: Christine O’Reilly-Rao (845) 625-4828


Town of North East & Village of Millerton
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 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
sean@legionpost178.org


Town of Pine Plains
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 10:30 A.M.
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Pine Plains Firehouse to Town Clock Memorial to Evergreen Cemetery
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 426 & Pine Plains VFW Post # 5519
Point of Contact: Marie Stewart @ (845) 546-7349

Town of Stanford
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Stanford Grange Hall to Bangall Monument, Hunns Lake Road
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 1793, Stanford Historical Society and 
Fire Department
Point of Contact: Charlie Shaw @ 845-868-7457

Town of Wappinger
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 2:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Schlathaus Park, corner of Myers Corners and All Angels Hill Road
Hosted by: Town of Wappinger 
Point of Contact:  Jessica Fulton @ (845) 297-0720

Union Vale
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 9:30 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Firefighter Park – across from Union Vale fire station, RT 82
Hosted by: Union Vale Fire Company
Point of Contact: Kathy Welsh (845) 762-2940

Village of Fishkill
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 1:00 P.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Church Street to Main Street and Broad Street
Hosted by: Village of Fishkill
Point of Contact: Julie Spann @ (845) 896-9215 or (914) 456-5120

Village of Tivoli
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 10:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Red Church on 9G 
Hosted by: Harris Smith American Legion Post # 524
Point of Contact: Harold Ramsey @ (845) 453-7403

Village of Wappingers Falls
Monday, May 27th, 2024 @ 11:00 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