Communities in Orleans will observe Memorial Day

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 May 2021 at 1:24 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Steve Johnson salutes after he presented flowers at State Street Park in Medina during a Memorial Day ceremony last year on May 25. The veterans will again observe a smaller ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There won’t be big parades on Memorial Day in Orleans County, but local veterans’ organizations will make sure there will be public opportunities for people to show their respect for fallen members of the military.

• Kendall is having a Memorial Day observance today at 7 p.m. at the Kendall Town Park (across from Elementary School) where there is a community war memorial. Kendall always holds its Memorial Day gathering on May 30, which was the original day to celebrate Memorial Day.

• Albion – Veterans are invited to the VFW Post at about 10:30 a.m. for a short procession to the Courthouse lawn for an observance at the new veterans’ memorial that was erected by the Knights of Columbus. (The Knights will have a ceremony there too on Monday at 9 a.m. with a bagpiper.)

Garland Miller, a World War II veteran, will serve as honorary parade marshal during the scaled-down Memorial Day observance.

The veterans were planning to march from the VFW down Bank Street and then turn left onto Main Street. But Route 98 is a posted detour with the Route 31 bridge in Knowlesville currently closed. Because of that, the Department of Transportation was unwilling to close Main Street for the procession, said Gary Befus, who is helping to organize the procession.

The memorial the service will begin at 11 a.m. with brief remarks from Tim Lindsay, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, and Tim Archer, an Albion teacher who will highlight some of the service-learning projects by his students that have honored veterans.

• Holley – There will be a memorial service at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Jewell Buckman Post, which will include speakers and a 21-gun salute. The group will then march to the VFW Post for another service at 10 a.m. with speakers and a 21-gun salute.

The group will then go to Hillside Cemetery, visiting Jewell Buckman’s grave and reciting the Gettysburg Address. They will also pay their respects at Holy Cross Cemetery, next to Hillside Cemetery.

Afterwards, everyone is invited for free refreshments at both the VFW and American Legion.

• Lyndonville – There won’t be a parade or a procession by veterans, but the Houseman-Tanner American Legion Post 1603 will set up a POW/MIA table in front of Lyndonville’s Veterans Park for Memorial Day.

“Flags will be placed in the cemeteries,” said Steve Goodrich, commander of the Houseman-Tanner Post. “The Fallen will be remembered.”

Goodrich said there won’t be a parade or big public gathering due to his concern for the members. Many of them are elderly with health issues, Goodrich said.

He expects the parade and a public service will be back on schedule in 2022.

• Medina – There won’t be a parade but there will be a Color Guard carrying flags from Park Avenue to State Street Park, with veterans meeting at the Olde Pickle Factory at 10:30 and starting the procession at 11 a.m. The veterans will hold a solemn service at State Street Park to honor the fallen service members. The Medina Police Department will escort the Color Guard for their safety.