Memorial Day 2017 Greece NY

The official unofficial beginning of summer is upon us soon as Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 29th.   Here a quick guide to Memorial Day 2017 Greece NY

mardi-gras-1090720_1280In Greece, New York the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony is from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The  parade starts at noon at Janes Road and Long Pond Road and proceeds south on Long Pond Road to Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd. A ceremony and dedication follow the parade at the Gary Beikirch Veterans Memorial.

As noted on the preceding link’s home page, the Gary Beikirch Veterans’ Memorial is located on the southeast wall of Town Hall.  The Veterans’ Memorial is truly a living memorial and pays homage to both those who fought and died in conflict and those who returned home to live a full life.  There are currently over 5,000 names inscribed on the wall.  Each Memorial Day, a new group of veterans are honored and have their names engraved on the memorial.

Gary Beikrich, from Greece, New York, is a former United States Army soldier who received the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War.  Beikirch was a combat medic and was awarded the nation’s supreme military recognition for his courage demonstrated by exposing himself to intense fire in order to rescue and treat the wounded, and for continuing to provide medical care despite his own serious wounds, during a battle at Dak Seang Camp, Vietnam.  Read more about Gary Beikrich here.

aaron-burden-97663t is important to note the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, as some people view the days as interchangeable.   While it is never improper to honor the men and women who serve in the U.S. military, Memorial Day is a solemn day reserved to specifically remember the service people who died in war, while Veterans Day on November 11th honors all people who served in the armed forces.  Try the following hyperlink for an interesting comparison of the days .

In meantime, you don’t have to be a resident of Greece to enjoy the parade, but if you’d like to be, contact us today!


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