OTD: Schuylerville Parade Marks Memorial Day

#onthisday in 1964, the community observed Memorial Day with a two-division parade in the historic village of Schuylerville.
 The Saratogian reported on 1 June 1964 the following: 
Schuylerville Parade Marks Memorial Day Schuylerville—

A two-division parade, ceremonies at Fish Creek bridge and the village park, delivery of the Gettysburg Address and ceremonies at the Soldier’s Monument and the DeLong family plot in Prospect Hill Cemetery, marked observance of Memorial Day in this historic village, Saturday. 

The color guard and escort of General Philip Schuyler Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, with Commander Edward Reed Jr., led the parade. Color guard included William Hoey, Barney Villa, Thomas Hoey, John Petralia, Robert Haley. Escorts were Robert Elcox, Fred Boyce. 

The marchers left the school grounds at 10 a.m. going south in Pearl Street, down Horicon Avenue to Fish Creek bridge for ceremonies there. 

Following the colors were the Village Board, Schuylerville Central School Band, Schuyler Preparatory School students, led by Francis Pouliot, headmaster, the Boy Scouts, escorted by Scoutmaster D. V. Bobbins, the Campfire Girls and the Willing Workers 4-H Club. 

In the second division were the Green Sabres Drum and Bugle Corps, led by John Petralia, drum major and Mrs. John R. Sarle III, baton twirler, Old Saratoga Post American Legion, led by Commander Henry Quinones, their color guard, Robert Fremont, Ardeen DeMarco and their escort, William Launder, Brian Sullivan, Joseph Willette, Peter DeMorco and Ernest Wrightman. Next, riding in cars, came the “Poppy Queen,” Miss Mary Hewitt; Mrs. James Boyce, president of the Legion Auxiliary, Frank Yakubec, a past commander of the Legion, and Orville Seney. They were followed by the Cub Scouts and their den mothers, fire trucks of Schuylerville and Victory Mills, and horseback riders

Joseph Mattes, chaplain of Old Saratoga Post, conducted services in memory of the sailors at Fish Creek bridge and wreaths were strewn upon the waters of the creek while Jeffrey Patnaude sounded taps. 

The parade then moved to the village park where wreaths were placed at the monuments by the two veterans post commanders. To conclude these ceremonies the Star Spangled Banner was played by the school band. 

The marchers then proceeded north in Broad Street to the high school to disband. A contingent from both the Legion and VFW post went to Prospect Hill Cemetery participating in ceremonies which included the Gettysburg Address by Clifford Rugg, County Historian and a salute by a firing squad under direction of Walter Serbu. 
It should come as no surprise that Memorial Day is well celebrated in the Town of Saratoga. 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.

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