The unofficial beginning of summer – Memorial Day – is days away and officials on the state, county, town and village levels are encouraging residents to take time and attend a Memorial Day observance.
Locally, ceremonies begin on Friday evening when the Putnam Joint Veterans Council conducts the John Morris Watchfire Vigil throughout the weekend from 6 pm to 6 am. Friday’s opening ceremony begins at 7 pm. Veterans will stand guard at the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park and retire American flags in a large burning barrel throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, traditional services will take place at the Lake Carmel Veterans Monument at 9:30 a.m. followed at 11 a.m. with a ceremony at the Carmel Veterans Hall on Gleneida Avenue in the county seat.
Numerous ceremonies are planned for Monday, Memorial Day, as well.
A parade steps off in Brewster at 11 a.m. proceeding from the Brewster FD headquarters to Electrazone Field where a ceremony will take place.
Cold Spring’s ceremony is also scheduled for Monday morning at 9 am at the Village Hall on Main Street, for parade lineup. The parade and commemorations at monuments and the Cold Spring Cemetery are being hosted by VFW Post 2362 and American Legion Post 275.
Putnam Valley has several activities planned for Monday starting at 11 a.m. with a ceremony at Town Hall. At noon, a remembrance will take place at the Lake Peekskill Monument followed at 1 p.m. with a ceremony at the VFW Post home. At 2 o’clock, a Round of Honor will occur with visits to graves and monuments throughout the town.
A parade is planned for Mahopac from Clarke Place, along Route 6 to the Mahopac Veterans Memorial Park followed by a ceremony. The 10 a.m. parade will be followed with an American Legion salute to our vets at the post headquarters on Buckshollow Road.
Putnam Lake’s parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the Castle Restaurant to the Veterans Monument on Haviland Drive. A brief ceremony will follow.
A walk is scheduled in Patterson on Veterans Day at 10 am when attendees will proceed from the VFW Post home to the Route 311 Monument for a ceremony.
On Thursday, May 30, the Richard Farrell Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled at 11 am at the Row of Honor along the Lake Gleneida shoreline in Carmel. In 2018, Farrell was honored following his death the previous year. Each year, veterans gather to remember the Vietnam veteran while reading the names of all veterans residing in Putnam County who passed away between May 30, 2018 and May 30, 2019.
Later that day, the Joint Veterans Council will conduct its traditional Memorial Day observance at 6 pm at the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park in Kent.
Director of Veterans Affairs Karl Rohde urged all residents of the county to attend a veteran’s observance this year.