Post Sponsors Memorial Day Observance

Wreath-Laying at 6 Monuments,
Then Afternoon Parade in Utica

April 22, 2013-- The Memorial Day observance in Utica on May 27 features morning wreath-laying at six monuments and an afternoon parade up Genesee Street.

The wreath-laying ceremonies start at 11 a.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Oneida Square. The wreath-laying then moves, in order, to: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Memorial Parkway, the POW-MIA Monument on the Parkway, the World War I/World War II/Korean War Monument on the Parkway, the Purple Heart Park in West Utica, and the All Veterans Memorial at Utica’s Main Post Office on Pitcher Street.

A Memorial Day Parade, up Genesee Street from Oneida Square to the Parkway, caps off the day's events, starting at 2 p.m. This year six World War II veterans will be the grand marshals: Frank Zammiello, Philip Capraro, Albert Circelli, Al (Mutz) D’Acurrizo,  Joseph Ducato and Louis Barile.

Sponsored by Utica Post 229 and the City of Utica, the parade is organized by a committee representing various veterans' organizations and chaired by Utica Post's Master Chief Mark Williamson, T. R. Proctor High School NJROTC Instructor

Coffee and doughnuts will be available at the post that morning, and, for those members needing a ride to the wreath-laying, buses will leave the post at 10:30.

The parade committee members and their veterans affiliations are:
-- Mark Williamson, chairman, Utica Post 229 and T. R. Proctor NJROTC Instructor.
-- Joe Fraccola, vice chairman-treasurer, Central NY Chapter 490/Military Order of the Purple     Heart, and Vietnam Veterans of America/Utica Chapter 944.
-- Stash Babiarz, Pulaski Association/Walter Skiba Post #20 P.L.A.V. (Polish Legion of American Veterans).
-- Tom Buono, commander of Vietnams Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 944.
-- Larry Badger, Purple Heart/VVA/DAV.
-- Carl Yeomans,  AmVets Post 6001.
-- John Ryan, Oneida County Voiture 92, the 40 & 8.
-- Vince Zaleski, Utica Post 229.
-- Stan Bogdan, Walter Skiba Post #20 P.L.A.V.
-- Dan Pieloch, Walter Skiba Post #20 P.L.A.V.
-- Jim George, Utica Post 229.

Want to March
In Memorial Day Parade?

Any groups or organizations interested in marching in Utica's Memorial Day Parade may contact the Memorial Day Committee to sign up, announced Committee Chairman Mark Williamson, Command Master Chief, U.S. Navy (Ret).

The parade steps off at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27, proceeding up Genesee Street from Oneida Square to the Memorial Parkway.

For information on participating, contact Williamson at 315-272-7327 or Vice Chairmain and Treasurer Joe Fraccola at 315-794-5296. Interested parties may also contact them via email at