BATAVIA – With the public not permitted to attend Monday’s Remembrance Day, they won’t be like the others, but residents of the Genesee District will at least be able to see it online.
County Veterans Service Director William Joyce said people had asked about being allowed to sit in their vehicles across the street from the 10:30 ceremony at the Jerome Center where the names of county veterans who had died since Remembrance Day last year would be read.
“This year when they called, it was the same as a few days ago. We have to tell them ‘Yes, we will have it. This year, they can’t come to the site,’ “Joyce said.” They asked me if they could sit in the parking lot across the street. I said, “I can’t see why not as long as you wear a mask and keep your distance. “They want to hear the names of their family members read and give them awards.”
“There is a limit of 10 people. We will all wear the facemasks made by the United Memorial Medical Center. “
Joyce said she spoke with the Batavia Police Department about helping to keep people from coming to the Jerome Center ceremony. According to Joyce, the department said it would be able to help with that as long as officers were not needed elsewhere.
“I strongly encourage (local residents), don’t go to the site. Let’s hold a ceremony to honor veterans, “he said. “Hopefully next year it will be back to normal. At least the governor allowed us to hold a ceremony with 10 people. “
David Dumuhosky, commander of Glenn S. Loomis Post No. 332 of the American Legion, said that this situation did not eliminate the meaning of Remembrance Day.
“The meaning is always there. Everything we have done so far in this holiday is in memoriam for those who have gone before, “said Dumuhosky. “We want to respect the name we will read. We especially want the family to know that we respect them. Through the media, they can watch it live, they can watch it later. It does not reduce anything as far as the intention of the day with our commitment to it.”
Dumuhosky said Glenn S. Loomis Post No. 332 Auxiliary members were at the Grandview Cemetery on Clinton Street Road and Thursday, where they placed the flag next to the graves of the veterans. On Friday, the American Legion mounted a flag at the Daws Corners Cemetery near Route 98 and Batavia Elba Townline Road in Batavia. The members also laid garlands.
Today, said Dumuhosky, several members of the American Legion will meet at 10 am and place the flag at Elmwood Cemetery on Harvester Avenue. “They all deserve it and it’s always a shame when someone is passed,” he said placing the flag in the graves of the veterans. “We always try to duplicate and capture what hasn’t been done before. I will gather with other commanders in various regions. Not just my post. Like there are five organizations in the area that do this. We will check with each other ‘Has anyone run out of flags?’ We used to do this differently, but we were only allowed to have 10 people together before. We have to get a smaller group and spread it for a few days. “
n 7 am, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Genesee County Park, sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 193;
n 8 am, Williams Park (Batavia) W.W.I Memorial. This memorial honors 35 Batavians who gave their lives in World War 1;
n 8:30 am, Batavia VAMC, at the main flagpole, sponsored by Western New York VAMC;
n 8:45 am, (approximately) at the New York City House Veterans Home, at the main flag pole, sponsored by the New York City House Veterans Home;
n 9:30 a.m., veterans plotting on Harvester Avenue, which honors all the wars that die from all the wars in Elmwood and St. Funeral. Joseph;
n 10 am, Upton Monument, which honors the death of the Civil War, and all wars since then; and
n 10:30 am, the Jerome UMMC Center, the Genesee County War Memorial Site, honors all those who die of war from the Genesee District. The names of county veterans who have died since the previous Remembrance Day will be read and flags placed in their respective respects.
In Orleans County, an honorary guard from the American Legion and VFW will go to each of the monuments in Albion and Medina, where they will hold a 21-gun salute.
In Medina, the ceremony will end in front of the cannon at State Street Park where the list of names of veterans who died last year will be read.
n WARSAW – The Hunt-Stout Commemorative Post will mark the 100th Anniversary Day service on Monday.
Members will gather at 10 am at the monument on Main Street. They would travel by vehicle – without a parade – to warn veterans at the Warsaw Cemetery to fire their guns, and then across the street to honor Walter Klein and the Warsaw Fire Department.
n PERRY – Perry’s Village has canceled this year’s annual parade. Individual events will take place at funerals but none are designated as public events.
n PIKE – Hunt-Stout American Legion Post has canceled its annual service and barbecue.
n SILVER SPRING – Bates Courtney Post No. 105 of the American Legion has also canceled its annual commemoration. People are encouraged to visit the graves of veterans and other family members.
Memorial Day events have been canceled in Caledonia, Leicester, Mount Morris, York, Portage, Nunda and Groveland.
One of several events that happened this weekend was at Stokoe Farms, located at 656 South Road, Scottsville.
This will be takeout in the countryside. The aim is to raise people’s morale due to the lack of a memorial day parade.
Served, a pulled pork sandwich doused with BBQ Sweet Baby Rays sauce, with a crispy onion straw and served on a craft bun. Also on the menu are crispy cole lettuce and potatoes. There will also be an 8 ounce serving of mac ‘n cheese, with a side of apple sauce. All food is served with a bottle of water.
The event will start from 10 am to 5 pm. today.
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