Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oneida parade was great

Once again the Oneida Memorial Association put on a great event.
Some of my thoughts on this year's celebration:
- Joel Meltzer was back hosting the parade; he's clearly the best.
- I didn't count the musicians, but the Oneida High School Marching Band looked larger and certianly sounded snappy. They seem to be upward bound.
- There seemed to even more people selling noisemakers, toy guns, nasty-looking cotton candy and Silly String. Perhaps they ads excitement to the parad4 for some, but not for me. What do Spongebob Squarepants blow-up dolls have to do with our most solemn national holiday?

If you haven't attended an event this weekend honoring the fallen, there's still one more chance. In Wampsville, WAVEM is holding a county-wide ceremony
at 2 p.m.  at the War Veterans Memorial Plaza by the courthouse.

Doug Ginney, president of WAVEM will be the master of ceremonies. The guest speaker will be Robert Conway, the Madison County American Legion Commander. Holly Page of Morrisville will sing the National Anthem.

Joe Barilla, Madison County American Legion chaplain will lead prayers and the Hamilton American Legion Post 375 will provide the firing squad for the service. Peter Finocchairo will play taps.

Wreaths will be placed at each stone. Color guards from any other veterans’ organizations and the public are welcome to attend and support this service in memory of the country’s fallen comrades.

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