Memorial Day: Ceremonies, parades pay tribute in and around Rochester


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Many ceremonies, gatherings or other COVID-19 adjusted events have been planned to honor and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom on this Memorial Day.


Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announced earlier this month that this year’s Memorial Day Parade will happen. The development came just one day after Reilich announced the parade would be canceled.

The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday. The parade will be followed by our Memorial Service at 11:45 a.m.


The Town of Irondequoit held what organizers called ” a reverse parade” on Sunday. The reverse parade featured veterans’ groups, first responders and elected officials lined at the front of Town Hall, giving residents the opportunity to drive by and pay their respects.

The Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Irondequoit Cemetery at 3671 Culver Road.


The Town of Gates will hold a Memorial Day observance ceremony at which the flag of the United States will be raised in a First Colors ceremony upon an iconic town-landmark flagpole which has been preserved and relocated to the Gates Community Center front lawn.

The ceremony will be held on Memorial Day, Monday at 10 a.m. at the Gates Community Center, 1605 Buffalo Road with U.S. Marine Corps veteran Adrian Hale as the guest speaker.


VFW Post 8495 in Fairport will be holding a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Post on Monday at 11 a.m. at 300 Macedon Center Road.

“As we were unable to come to terms for Fairport’s traditional Memorial Day Parade that culminates at Potter Park with a ceremony, we decided to hold the ceremony on our grounds again this year and have put together a wonderful ceremony,” organizers said in a release.


The Town of Brighton will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at 2.m. at
the Veterans Memorial at Buckland Park, 1341 Westfall Rd. There will be a brief ceremony to
remember the brave men and women who lost their lives serving our country.


Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park, 1440 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. The ceremony will honor all men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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