On top of almost 90 degree weather and sunny skies, Crawford Town Supervisor Charles Carnes said it was the biggest turnout he’s seen for the Town of Crawford’s annual Memorial Day Parade, which was right before Village of Montgomery’s parade, a 15 minute ride away.
The Town of Crawford parade started at 9 a.m. at Crispell Middle School, which is in the beginning of Pine Bush, and traveled to their town park for a ceremony after. The parade consisted of local businesses, veterans, town officials, fire departments, local police, organizations, local groups and more. For roughly 40 minutes, parade participants trekked through the town, throwing candy and waving American Flags.
At the ceremony, they laid a wreath and shared some words about the holiday. “This is the biggest turnout by far that I’ve seen and we really appreciate it. I know the veterans appreciate it, if you remember those who have fallen and given us our freedom,” said Carnes.
Two hours later, the Village of Montgomery parade took off at the corner of Clinton Street and Wallkill Avenue. It traveled around Union Street and included village officials, local police and fire departments, local organizations, groups, Veterans, businesses and more. The parade was followed by a ceremony with keynote speaker James A. Gagliano, Village of Cornwall on Hudson Mayor. It also included remarks from other speakers, prayers, a Tolling of the Bell and a rendition of “God Bless America” by Valley Central High School student Madisyn Rivera.
Both parades had great turnouts, with hundreds of residents lined up in Red, White and Blue to honor and celebrate the holiday.