Memorial Day Parades in the Greater Buffalo Area
Memorial Day Parades for 2019
Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.
Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.
Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.
Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day.
Also note: If you are marching in a parade, line-up is usually about 1/2 hour before the start of the parade.
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 26
Monday, May 27
Clarence Memorial Day Parade
The Clarence Memorial Day Parade 11 am. New this year: Starting at Rock Oak and ending at the Town Park.
Collins Center Parade
Parade starts at 9 a.m.
This parade is sponsored by the Collins Center Fire Dept. and the Gowanda American Legion. It begins at Main St. and Collins Center Zoar Rd., and continues on Main St. to the Cemetery. There will be an American Legion ceremony immediately following the parade. 2019 pending
The East Aurora Memorial Day Procession will start at 10:30am at Hamlin Park parking lot any head towards the Oakwood Cemetery. Music, speeches and a salute will start at 11am. 2019 pending
Step-off at 11 am sharp, continues until 1 pm.
Kenmore's Memorial Day Parade is one of the largest in western New York. It takes place on Delaware Avenue, beginning in the Town of Tonawanda, continuing into the Village of Kenmore, and turning onto Lincoln Boulevard, ending at Elmwood Avenue. It features bands, service organizations, dance groups, and fire departments. Veterans and active members of the military are honored and thanked for their service to our country.
9 a.m. service immediately followed by the parade. Sponsored by the VFW Walden Ave. post, this event gathers at Lake Avenue Veteran's Park, and the parade continues on Lake Ave. to School, Pleasant, Central, and ends at the Town Hall. The VFW will provide refreshments afterwards.
The Lewiston Memorial Day Parade and Rememberance Ceremony begins at 11 am. Parade runs down Center Street and the Rememberance Ceremony takes place at Academy Park.
Parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Orchard Park Library,4570 S. Buffalo St. Comes up to the Four Corners.
West Seneca Memorial Day Parade
The West Seneca Memorial Day Parade Southgate Plaza to Veterans Memorial Park, West Seneca. Step-off 10:30AM
Williamsville / Amherst Memorial Day Parade
The Williamsville/Amherst Memorial Day Parade 2:00 pm. Honoring our nation’s veterans. The parade starts at Williamsville South High School marching west down Main Street to Los Robles Street. Call VFW Chairperson Wayne Sorrentino at 891-5164 for parade registration form and more info.