Memorial Day is a few days away, and a variety of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legions posts throughout Cortland County are holding ceremonies on Monday.
Most of the posts and legions were forced to cancel their ceremonies last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are details on this year’s ceremonies:
Cortland: VFW Tioughnioga Post No. 2354
The ceremony for this post will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the VFW building.
The event will include a few prayers and a small speech.
Homer: American Legion Post No. 465
The event is set to start at 9 a.m. on North Main Street.
A parade will go from North Main Street to Route 90 to Glenwood Cemetery. The event ends with a ceremony at Glenwood Cemetery, across the street from the recently-established Byrne Dairy.
Cincinnatus: American Legion Knickerbocker Post No. 596
This legion is planning to visit a slew of cemeteries, starting with German Cemetery at 8 a.m.
The list of cemeteries the legion will visit includes:
- 8 a.m. — German Cemetery
- 8:30 a.m. — Willet Cemetery
- 9 a.m. — Lower Cincinnatus Cemetery
- 9:15 a.m. — Cincinnatus village green
- 9:30 a.m. — Cincinnatus Cemetery
- 10 a.m. — Taylor Cemetery
- 10:30 a.m. — Pitcher Cemetery
- 11 a.m. — Pharsalia Center Cemetery
Marathon: Osco Robinson American Legion Post No. 617
The event will start at 10 a.m. in front of the village green.
It will include a couple of speeches, a veteran reading the Gettysburg Address, another veteran reading the “In Flanders Fields” poem and a prayer from the local chaplain.
Members of the post will then lay a wreath on the village green. After the village green, members will head to the bridge and throw a wreath into the Tioughnioga River for those lost at sea. Following the bridge, members will end the event with a ceremony of speeches at Marathon Rural Cemetery.