Memorial Day observances planned in Orleans County communities

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 May 2022 at 9:32 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Matt Passarell carries the American flag as part of the honor guard in Albion near the beginning of the parade on May 29, 2017.

Orleans County communities will observe Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies on Monday.

Many of the events were cancelled or downsized in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. This year the observances return like they did before Covid.

ALBION – There will be a parade starting at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Park and Main Street. Participants will march to the Albion Middle School on Route 31 where a ceremony will take place on the front lawn with Charlie Nesbitt as featured speaker. Nesbitt, a former state assemblyman, was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.

HOLLEY – A ceremony will start at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Post on Wright Street. From there veterans will march to the cemeteries. They will set wreaths at the veteran’s plot at Hillside Cemetery and at the grave for Jewell Buckman. Then they will proceed to the Holy Cross Cemetery for wreath-laying. After that they will march to the VFW Post 202 for military honors, with lunch to follow with hot dogs and hamburgers.

KENDALL – There will be a 7 p.m. observance at the Kendall Community Park where there is a war memorial and gazebo. It is located on Kendall Road, across from the Kendall Elementary School.

LYNDONVILLE – The parade will start at 9 a.m. at the Catholic Church and end near Veteran’s Park next to the library on Main Street. The American Legion will dedicate and debut a new handicap-accessible trolley.

MEDINA – The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the Olde Pickle Factory building on Park Avenue and proceed to the State Street Park where a ceremony will be held at about noon. Participants should begin lining up for the parade at 10:30 at the Pickle Factory parking lot.