2014 Memorial Day: Wreaths and Parade

The Memorial Day observance in Utica on Monday, May 26, 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. The parade will feature numerous groups and organizations, along with widows and wives of World War II veterans as grand marshals.

Sponsored by Utica Post 229 and the City of Utica, the parade is organized by a committee representing various veterans' organizations. The chairman is Utica Post's Mark Williamson, Command Master Chief, U.S. Navy (Ret). Williamson is a T. R. Proctor High School Navy Junior ROTC instructor and is commander of Yorkville Memorial VFW Post 6001.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available at Utica Post 229 that morning, and, for those veterans needing a ride to the wreath-laying, buses will leave the post at 10:30.

Other members of the Memorial Day Parade Committee are: Tom Buono, co-chairman; Larry Badger, Ralph DeSantis, Jim George, Dave Manore and Ed Rogowski.