The 154th consecutive Memorial Day Commemoration was held in Waterloo, the officially recognized Birthplace of Memorial Day, on Saturday.
The commemoration started at St. Mary’s Cemetery with a fly over by 11 vintage planes, organized by Lauren Dates. Prayer was offered by Rev. James Fennessy from St. Francis & St. Clare Parish, followed by gun salute & taps. Then on to Maple Grove Cemetery, where prayer was offered by Rev. Jeff Haugaard from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, wreaths were laid followed by gun salute and taps. On to Elisha Williams Cemetery where prayer was offered by Rev. William Darrow from the Lutheran Church, followed by gun salute and taps. The ceremonies concluded at Lafayette Park with the laying of wreaths, prayer by Chuck Nightingale, VFW commander, gun salute and taps.
Watch the full event video below including Governor Cuomo’s mention of Waterloo during his press briefing late last week.