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Memorial Day In the Southern Tier: Honoring Lives Sacrificed

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To me, Memorial Day is more than just an excuse to throw a picnic or to take a weekend trip. To me, Memorial Day is also a day to honor those who gave their lives for my freedom and those who continue to serve.

I come from a military family. As a matter of fact, for the first 8 years of my life, I was an Army kid who moved state to state, base to base. My grandpa is retired Navy, one of my uncles is active Air Force and I’ve got two other uncles who served in the Navy and Air Force.

I think it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in the politics of this and the politics of that. War this and war that, but can’t we put all of that aside for a day and instead remember the sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands and wives who made the choice to stand for their country and because of their heroism, won’t be with their loved ones this weekend? These selfless people deserve that of us.

In the midst of whatever it is you’ve got planned, I hope you’ll find the time to show your support for the former and current military and for the military who no longer walk this earth.

Town of Binghamton Memorial Day Parade
The Annual Town of Binghamton Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 26 at 10 am at the Fire Station in “downtown” Hawleyton and will proceed to the cemetery.

Montrose Memorial Day Parade
The Ayres Stone VFW Post #5642 is sponsoring the Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 26th at 10am with a service on The Green at 11am.

Horseheads Memorial Day Parade
The Horseheads Memorial Day parade will start at 2pm at the Horseheads High School. Following the parade, there will be a chicken BBQ and open house at the Horseheads American Legion Post.

Tioga County Historical Society
The Tioga County Historical Society Museum will be open special hours May 26th in honor of Memorial Day. From 10am to 4pm, veterans will be eligible for a special drawing to win tickets to see Southerntiersmen and Rick Pedro in concert on June 17th. A special honor guard will be present at the museum to coincide with their Civil War exhibit, “For a New Birth of Freedom.”

Corning Salute to Vets
There won’t be a Memorial Day parade in Corning this year, but Corning will host a salute to veterans celebration from 4pm-7pm at Denison Park. This event is open to the public.

Endicott Memorial Day Parade
The Endicott Memorial Day Parade will take kick off at 10:30 AM and proceed down Washington Avenue.  Services at the Veterans Memorial Park will follow the parade at 11am.

Bath Memorial Ceremony
The Bath VA Medical Center along with the Bath National Cemetery, will hold a public Memorial Day ceremony at 10 am in the cemetery with Mansfield University President and retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Francis Hendricks as guest speaker. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to walk through the Bath National Cemetery following the ceremony.

If you know of a Memorial Day parade or event honoring our troops not listed, please mention it in the comment section below.

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