Memorial Day observances planned

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The following is a list of Memorial Day observances planned in the region.

ARLINGTON

The American Legion Family, Arlington will be hosting the 2018 Town of Arlington and surrounding communities annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade will line up at 10:45 a.m. Monday and step off at 11, marching to the Memorial at Fisher School for ceremonies and speeches.

BENNINGTON

The town's Memorial Day parade will assemble at the former middle school on Main Street at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, and step off at noon. The parade will proceed to the Vermont Veterans' Home, where ceremonies will be held.

DORSET

The community is invited to attend the Dorset Memorial Day Service and Parade on Monday. The service will begin at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, 143 Church St. (off Route 30). At the end of the service the parade will march to the Maple Hill Cemetery and then return to the Dorset Green for the lowering of the flag. A potluck community picnic will be held on the Dorset Church lawn after the event. Please bring a salad or dessert to share; hot dogs will be provided. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Dorset Church at 867-2260.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Memorial Day observances will begin on Monday at 8 a.m. with the raising of the flag at Maple Grove and St. Mary's Cemeteries, and at Wood Memorial Park.

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At 8:15 a.m., the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Legion Auxiliaries, accompanied by the Hoosick Falls High School Band, will assemble at the corner of Main Street and Wilder Avenue and March to the Shop Bridge to honor men of the Navy who lost their lives at sea. At 8:45 a.m. the Parade Committee will honor the dead of the Civil War at Monument Park, located at the junction of Classic and High Streets.

World War Veterans and the American Legion, accompanied by the American Legion Auxiliaries, will assemble at the World War I and Veterans Memorial in Wood Memorial Park at 9:15 a.m. Wreaths will be placed at World War I, World War II, Korean and Vietnam monuments by the American Legion Auxiliary.

The parade will assemble at 9:15 am and step off sharply at 10. The first unit will assemble on Main St. and Eberle Way, and the second from Trustco Bank south on Main Street. The line of march will proceed down John Street and up Church Street to the HAYC3 Armory and the Town of Hoosick Community Center, where it will pause for a brief tribute to the men and women who served during World War II. Marchers will then continue to the intersection of Main Street, where local clergy will offer a prayer for deceased veterans. The American Legion Honor Guard will fire a volley and taps will be played by a member of the HFCS Band. The parade will continue down Main Street, terminating at Wood Memorial Park, where ceremonies will be held.

MANCHESTER

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VFW Post 6471 of Manchester will conduct Memorial Day honors in a ceremony at Dellwood Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday. Participants will then gather at Manchester Elementary School to form a parade, preceding to Factory Point Cemetery at 11 a.m. for a brief ceremony. All are invited.

POWNAL

The American Legion will host their Memorial Day service Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the flagpole outside their building at 5970 Route 7. They will also install new officers at this ceremony, which is open to the public.

There is a potluck dinner afterward in the legion building. Attendees can bring a dish, but are not required to.

READSBORO

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The Memorial Day weekend begins on Saturday with a family barbecue from 5-7 p.m. at the Bullock Building at 7012 Main St. Featuring hamburgers hot dogs, baked beans, potato and macaroni salads and more, the barbecue is $12 for adults and $5 for children. At 7 p.m., local historian Tom Boudreau will give a PowerPoint presentation on Readsboro in the Civil War.

On Monday, a pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes will be served, with real maple syrup, along with home fries, sausage and drinks. The cost is $12 for adults, $3 for children under 5, and $20 for all you can eat.

All proceeds will benefit the Bullock Building Restoration Project. The events are hosted by the nonprofit Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment.

After the breakfast, there will be a parade and Memorial Day ceremonies at the bandstand.

The Bullock Building will be hosting public displays of history by re-enactors of the Living History Association throughout the weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

SHAFTSBURY

The public is welcome to spectate at the Memorial Day parade in Shaftsbury, put on by the Shaftsbury Veterans Commmittee.

The parade starts at the fire house on Monday at 9 a.m., and proceeds down Buck Hill Road, crosses the intersection along Church Street and goes around Cleveland Avenue and back to the fire house.


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