Memorial Day services on tap


Honoring fallen servicemen and –women, several observances will mark Memorial Day in the Times-Journal area this week.
Although most ceremonies are on Monday the 30th, Schoharie’s will be this evening with a parade and services.
The parade starts at 6pm at Bridge Street and travels north to the Schoharie Fire Department. Services will follow at the Old Stone Fort. Food and drinks are available afterwards at the firehouse.
American Legion Post 57 and Amvets Post 175 will conduct Cobleskill’s service in Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park at 10am on Monday.
The keynote speaker will be John Sheldon, retired from the Army, and community organizations will place wreaths at the monument.
The Rotary Club is hosting Middleburgh’s observance at 10am Monday. It will be at the Memorial Park near the elementary school.
Sharon Springs will have a parade starting at 11am Monday followed by a memorial service with guest speaker Reverend David Houck at the monuments in front of the school.
The ‘Final Tribute’ will be given by Civil War re-enactors.
Worcester will hold a parade starting at 10am Monday at the school and will proceed to Maple Grove Cemetery. The program should begin about 10:15.
The parade will then re-form and march to the memorial at the Bank Building for a short service.
In Central Bridge, veterans will be honored with a brunch at 9am Monday in the Methodist Church Hall.
After the meal, veterans will ride in the parade in a decorated wagon.
The Esperance Historical Society will dedicate its Memorial Tree to honor those who started the historical society and Esperance Museum 50 years ago.
The ceremony is at 11am Monday, and refreshments will follow.
The Old Stone Fort will observe Decoration Day, now Memorial Day, at 1pm Monday under the direction of the Corporal James Tanner Camp #134, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The observance will begin with a ceremony by the Schoharie County American Legion Honor Guard recognizing the dead of all wars.
This will be followed by the traditional Decoration Day ceremony by the members of the Tanner Camp.
Following a military volley, citizens may join Tanner Camp members by strewing flowers on the graves of the 35 Civil War soldiers in the Old Stone Fort Cemetery.
Complimentary bread and soup will be prepared by staff using the Fort’s new historically correct fireplace.