#onthisday in 1955, the community observed Memorial Day
The Saratogian reported on 31 May 1955 the following: Schuylerville Holds Services, Parade Honors War Dead
Schuylerville – Schuylerville pay tribute to it’s dead with traditional ceremony is Memorial Day including a parade and service in Memorial Park.
Featured in the two division parade or the Schuylerville Central School being in charge of Douglas C. Archer, instructor and the Green Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps led by John Petralla, drum major. Both groups gave zest to the parade with their usual excellent music as well as lending color to it.
The parade moved from the school at 10 AM with Malcolm Barrett as marshall followed by the Old Saratoga Post American Legion. Color bearers were Donald Eddy, Ben Vanderwerken and Mrs. Eliza Wendall of the Legion Auxiliary, a gold star mother. Color guards were Octave Wood and Robert Fremont. Next in line were the firing squad in charge of Walter Serbu and George Blanchard, Peter DeMarco, Roy Alny, Vernon Wrightman and Joseph Willete.
Gold Star Mother Ride
Attorney Thomas Clancy and Supervisor Joseph L. Turcotte drove cars for the Gold Star Mothers among whom were Mrs. Williams Smith, Mrs. George Hewitt, Mrs. Burtus Irish, Mrs. Mary Coffinger, Mrs. John Miner, Mrs. Stanley Wiatrak, and Mrs. Phoebe Noel.
The school band led the first division followed by the American Legion, the American Legion auxiliary, the Schuyler Hose Company Exempt Association and children on bicycles.
Appearing with the Drum and Bugle Corps and leading the second division was Eddie Carter, champion baton twirler, followed by General Philip Schuyler post, Veterans of Foreign Wars headed by Commander William Carey. Color Barriers were Barney J. Villa and Robert Elcox. The Jolly Juniors 4H club, Boy Scouts Troop 13, the school children and the Schuyler Hose Company complete the division.
Services at the Fish Creek Bridge. for sailors and marine dead, were open with a prayer by Joseph Mattee, chaplain of the American Legion, followed with a floral salute by the Gold Star Mothers and Joan Miner, president of the American Legion Auxiliary, James Perrotta sounded taps followed by a salute for the dead and the high school band playing near My God to Thee.
Mayor gives reading
The parade then proceeded north on Broad, to Memorial Park, where Mayor James E. Carrey gave a memorial reading. Thomas J. Clancy acting as the master ceremonies introduced Mayor Carey. There was a band selection by the School Band and Mrs. Burtus Irish sang the Star-Spangled Banner accompanied by the school band. Wreaths were place at the soldiers monument in the park in memory of the soldier’s that died in World War I and World War II and part of the Korean conflict. This part of the program was carried out by Michael Nolan, William Carey, John Jay Sullivan and Francis Hall. The invocation was given by the Rev. Runyon L. Wolff, pastor of the Old Saratoga Reformed Church and the Benediction was pronounced by the Rev. James R. Gazely, pastor of the Church of Visitation. The parade then reform and continued to the school to disband.
The exercise of Prospect Hill Cemetery was carried out immediately after the parade by the firing squad.
William Carey and Eugene Reed, co-chairmen of the event, expressed appreciation to the Rev. Mr. Wolff, Father Gazeley, Mayor Carey and all those who helped to make the ceremonies a success.
It should come as no surprise that the historic community of the Town of Saratoga commemorates Memorial Day. The actions in the Town of Saratoga and the Battles of Saratoga are part of a legacy that has contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism.