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Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day 2024

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  • Dates: 5/24/2024, 5/25/2024, 5/26/2024, 5/30/2024
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On a spring day in 1865, Waterloo, NY druggist Henry C. Welles watched as a lone widow walked to the cemetery to place flowers on the grave of her deceased Civil War soldier husband.  How soon they forget, Welles thought, resolving to do something to make sure that those who gave their lives in defense of their country would not be forgotten. Working with Gen. John B. Murray, Welles planned the first Memorial Day in Waterloo in 1866, and for 150 consecutive years, Waterloo’s citizens have remembered. With parades, prayers and ceremonies.

On May 26, 1966, that consistency inspired President Lyndon Johnson to sign a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Waterloo as the official Birthplace of Memorial Day.


The 25th annual Celebrate Commemorate observance during the weekend of May 24-26 & 30th, will bring thousands of people “home” to Waterloo to participate events to delight every family member. They include musical performances, Art and Craft shows, children’s games, a youth essay contest, and a big parade celebrating our freedom at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25th.  The parade will feature wounded warriors from the VA Hospital in Canandaigua, escorted by scores of Patriot Guard and American Legion motorcycle riders, bands, floats, and military groups including National Guard and active military  troops

 See the full schedule of events and more information at www.waterloony.com or find the schedule here.

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