Several Communities Prepare To Host Memorial Day Events This Weekend

Area residents have a myriad of opportunities to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service to America.

MAY 25

The town of North Harmony will be holding a Memorial Day observance at 1:30 p.m. in Veterans Park in Ashville.

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry will open today. On May 25, there will be fireworks shot from the ferry at dusk, which can be seen from the shoreline near the Village Casino in Bemus.

The town of Gerry will be hosting a parade which will begin at 2 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. A service at the cemetary on Route 60 will commence immediately following the parade. William L. Ohnmeiss Jr., town of Ellicott police chief, will speak at the ceremony.

MAY 26

The village of Falconer will be hosting a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. The parade will travel along West Main Street, from Dow Street to Work Street, then continue to Pine Hill Cemetery, where the American Legion Henry Mosher Post 638 will hold a service. At 11 a.m., the legion will hold a prayer service in Mt. Olivet Cemetery on South Dow Street.

The village of Bemus Point will hold a parade at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 557. The parade will start on Sunnyside Avenue and continue to the Bemus Point Cemetery.

The Jamestown parade will begin at the intersection of Main and Fourth streets at 10 a.m. At the end of the parade, a ceremony will be held at Soldier’s Circle in Lakeview Cemetery, featuring a guest speaker, several readings, a keynote address, live music by the Jamestown Municipal Band and a flag raising to conclude the event at noon.

The United Veterans Council of Jamestown is looking for more people and organizations to participate in the 2014 Memorial Day parade, reports Dan Kell, parade adjutant.

Invitations were mailed out to several organizations, schools and government officials to participate in the city’s annual Memorial Day parade and services. Veterans groups are reaching out to any organizations or groups that would like to participate in this year’s parade or that were possibly missed. The United Veterans Council of Jamestown is encouraging the community to be involved by attending the parade and the Memorial Day services held at Soldiers Circle immediately following the parade.

Any organization or group that has not been contacted and would like to participate in the parade are asked to contact Kell at 485-3647.

The town of Mina will host a parade that begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at the gazebo at 10 a.m. The program will feature singing, veteran recognition, a speaker from the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency and a children’s parade.

The Busti community’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the former New Beginnings Restaurant on Sugar Grove Road. A memorial service will be held at the Busti gazebo following the parade.

The village of Celoron and the American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 will hold Memorial Day services at the Veteran’s Memorial in Lucille Ball Memorial Park at 9 a.m. In addition to the honor guard and firing squad from the Herman Kent Post 777, a contingent of the 822nd Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets will be present. Wreaths of honor willb e placed at the memorial by Larry Bimber, Legion commander; Scott Schrecengost

After the service, a parade will begin at Southwestern School at 10:45 a.m. and end at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

The village of Panama and the Panama Fire Department will host a parade that begins at 11 a.m. at Panama School. The Panama Fire Department will host a chicken barbecue that starts around noon and ends when sold out.

Festivities in the village of Westfield will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the lowering of the flag in Moore Park. At 8 a.m., the Dan Reid Pier Navel & Maritime Observance will take place. There will be a ceremony at the St. James Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., and a 9:15 a.m. ceremony at the Union Cemetery. At 10 a.m., assembly will begin at Moore Park for the parade that begins at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony at the Academy Street Cemetery, and at noon there will be a raising of the flag ceremony at Moore Park.

The American Legion JW Rogers Post 327, located at 4 Clark St. in Westfield, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6764, located the Corner of Pearl and Washington streets, will be holding opens house events after noon.

The American Legion Post 1280 will host a variety of Memorial Day events in the Cassadaga area. At 6 a.m., there will be a free breakfast at the post, located at 228 Maple Ave. in Cassadaga. At 6:45 a.m., a bus will depart the post for ceremonies at various locations for the appoximate times: 7:05 a.m. at Charlotte Center Cemetery, 7:30 at Christian Cemetery, 7:45 a.m. at the cemetery on Hartfield Road in Stockton, 8 a.m. in Greenwood Cemetery, 8:15 a.m. at Centrailia Union Cemetery, 8:30 a.m. at Red Bird Cemetery on Route 380, at 9 a.m. at the Sinclairville parade, 9:30 a.m. at Pickett Corner Cemetery and 10 a.m. at the Lily Dale Memorial Service. At 11:15 a.m., a parade will begin from Ames Common to Veteran’s Circle in the Cassadaga Cemetery. At 11:55 a.m., a ceremony will be held at the Cassadaga Cemetery. At 12:30, there will be an assembly in front of the legion for the raising of the flag and a 21 gun salute. At 12:40 p.m., food and refreshments will be available for guests and comrades at the legion.

The town of Poland will be holding a parade that will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Ellington Street. Following the parade, a ceremony will be held at the Cemetery on Cemetery Street, featuring James C. Johnson as speaker. Before joining the Robert H. Jackson Center in 2012, Johnson was Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone and was responsible for the prosecuting of individuals violating international humanitarian law in the territory of Sierra Leone. Johnson also served 20 yeras as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army.