Area Memorial Day Observances
The Town of Newburgh will hold it’s annual Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 29th, commencing at 11am in front of the Town Hall located at 1496 Rt 300 near the intersection of Gardnertown Rd.. Join us and other agencies pay respect to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Rt 300 will be closed to traffic between Plattekill Turnpike and Gardnertown Road during this service.
Lineup for the Town of Newburgh Memorial Day Parade will begin at noon on Union Ave between Gardnertown Rd and Third Street. Expect traffic delays in the area between noon and 3pm for the duration of the parade. The procession will follow Union Ave to Rt 300; Right on Rt 300 to Rt 52; Left on Rt 52 to Powder Mill Rd; Left on Powder Mill Rd to the Cronomer Hill / Algonquin Parks. Plan of arriving early to avoid traffic and road closures.
We will also be joining our neighbors in Plattekill for their observance Saturday, May 28th for the Town of Plattekill Parade. Please join us in passing on the history of this somber holiday which started with “Decoration Day” in the 1800s to decorate the graves of those who died during the Civil War. It was carried on through WWI and WWII in respect to those who died for our freedom. Then in 1966, President Johnson renamed the national holiday to “Memorial Day” to honor all who died in any American conflict. May we thank our deceased soldiers for protecting our values and freedom through their own sacrifice and courage.
We ask you display your American Flags in respect. Memorial Day has specific guidelines for displaying the flag. When beginning the day the flag is briskly hoisted to full staff then lowered to half staff until noon. It is then raised back up to full staff for the rest of the day. Any flag displayed at night should be lit with suitable lighting.