Memorial Day Activities in the Southern Tier
For the first eight years of my life, I was an Army kid who moved state to state, base to base. My grandpa is retired Navy, one of my uncles is active Air Force and I’ve got two other uncles who served in the Navy and Air Force. As you can imagine, our troops hold a very special place in my heart.
I think it’s easy for anyone, really, to get wrapped up in the politics of this and the politics of that, but what if we were to put all of that aside for one day and instead focus on remembering the sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands, and wives who made the choice to stand for their country. It is because of these people that you and I will be able to be with our loved ones this Memorial Day weekend.
In the midst of whatever it is you’ve got planned, I hope you’ll find the time to show your support for the former and current military and for the troops who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will host a special Memorial Day program at the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 28th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony which will begin at 10 a.m.
The Annual Town of Binghamton Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28th at 10 a.m. and will kick off at the Hawleyton Fire Station.
Johnson City will host a Memorial Day parade. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and will step off at the Your Home Public Library and will travel down Main Street, ending at the Veterans gazebo which is located at Main and Arch Streets.
The Village of Endicott Memorial Day Parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28th on Washington Avenue with a ceremony at Memorial Park immediately following the parade.
The Binghamton Memorial Day parade steps off on Sunday, May 27th at 12 p.m. from the American Legion Post 80 which is located at 76 Main Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street to the Broome County Courthouse where a ceremony will follow. For more on this parade, reach out to Linda Martin at 607-724-8894.
There will be several events at the Hancock Town Square on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th including the first ever Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival. There will be five different blues bands, food, artists, crafts, a farm market, games and more. Learn more here.
For 55 years, people from the Southern Tier and beyond have welcomed the unofficial start of summer with the General Clinton Canoe Regatta and this weekend will be no different. Learn about this four-day event (which begins on Friday, May 25th) here.
The Wrench Wranch Wishes Annual Memorial Day Bluegrass Festival will take place from Friday, May 25th through Sunday, May 27th at 117 Wrench Lane in Bainbridge. There will be nearly a dozen musical entertainers, a kid’s tent, parade, vendors and more. Weekend passes are $40 per person. Day passes are $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
The Maine Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28th at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at the Maine Memorial School and proceed a mile and a half to the cemetery where there will a ceremony.
The Greene Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28th. The parade will begin at Greene Central School at 9 a.m. and will follow a route leading to the Sylvan Lawn Ceremony where a service will follow.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Binghamton will host a Memorial Day service on Sunday, May 27th starting at 12 p.m. at the American Legion Post 80, 76 Main Street in Binghamton. This service will honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and is open to the community.
The Vestal Community Chorus, under the direction of Lea Harding, will hold its Spring concert, “All American”, on Saturday, May 26th at 7 p.m. at the Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main Street in Vestal. The public is welcome and admission is free.
The Afton Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28th, starting at 10 a.m. And will proceed down Main Street to the bridge overlooking the Susquehanna River. There will be a short program on the bridge to honor fallen veterans during which time, students will be able to toss flowers (cut, no plastic/artificial) into the river. The procession will then continue to Foster Park for the ceremony. The community is invited to participate in the parade by marching or decorating strollers, carriages, tricycles, bicycles, wagons, etc. If you plan on being in the parade, you should be at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church on South Main Street by 9:40 a.m. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
In the event of bad weather, the parade will be canceled and the ceremony will be held in the Afton Central School Auditorium.