Dutchess County Honors Those Who Gave All

Illuminate the Walkway Over the Hudson Memorial Day Eve
and Memorial Day Ceremony at the County’s War Memorial

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Marcus J. Molinaro and Marc Coviello, Director of the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services, invite residents to participate in two special Memorial Day ceremonies to be held on Memorial Day Eve on the Walkway Over the Hudson and Memorial Day at the Dutchess County War Memorial in the Town of Poughkeepsie, as well as community events are planned throughout the weekend to mark the holiday.

On Sunday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m., the Walkway Over the Hudson continues the tradition of the sunset Memorial Day Eve ceremony and Illumination of the Walkway, which Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services began in 2012. County Executive Molinaro and Director Coviello will join leaders from Dutchess and Ulster counties for a moving sunset ceremony and vigil that will be held on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in honor of those who gave their lives in defense of our great nation. The event will be held at the flagpole in the center of the Walkway and will feature a flag ceremony with the Pleasant Valley American Legion and Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars. A retired flag presentation will be performed, and members of Buglers Across America will play “Taps,” and the Hudson Valley Alumni Guard will be among the local groups taking part. Thousands of luminaries will light up the pedestrian span, with the Friends of the Walkway organization encouraging attendees to purchase luminaries to help add to this special Memorial Day event, proceeds of which will support Walkway Over the Hudson. Following the ceremony and vigil, the Walkway will remain open to attendees until 10:15 p.m.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, at 11 a.m., Dutchess County will host a tribute ceremony to the men and women of Dutchess County who lost their lives during military service at the Dutchess County War Memorial at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Local Boy Scouts will participate in the tribute, as will County Executive Molinaro, and the guest speaker, Senator Sue Serino.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Generations of brave men and women have protected this great nation, far too many of whom made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our country. Dutchess County will never forget those courageous servicemembers who died to keep America safe, and we continue to honor their legacies – not just on Memorial Day, but every day. I encourage residents to attend one of Dutchess County’s Memorial Day weekend events and pay respect to those whose sacrifices have kept us free.”

For more information, contact Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at (845) 486-2060 or visitdutchessny.gov/veterans.

Local municipalities throughout Dutchess County will also be hosting Memorial Day ceremonies to honor and remember those lost in service to our country. County Executive Molinaro and Director Coviello encourage Dutchess County residents to participate in one or more of the numerous Memorial Day events planned across the county.

The Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of events taking place on or around Memorial Day. The event listing follows below with contact information provided for additional inquiries.

2019 Memorial Day
Community Observances in Dutchess County

(Based on information provided by municipalities and community organizations.)

Listed by date, then alphabetically by municipality:

Castle Point VA Hospital:

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 @ 2:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Castle Point Campus, River Memorial Garden
Point of Contact: Yvette Rodriguez-Cacho @ (845) 831-2000 ext. 5135

Hopewell Junction:

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 @ 7:30 A.M.
Ceremony & Light Breakfast
Location: John Jay High School, 2012 Rt 52, Hopewell Junction
Point of Contact: Dave Kedzielawa @ 897-6700 ext. 30043
Pre-registration is required – allison.fedigan@wcsdny.org to register

Hyde Park:

Friday, May 24th, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.
USO Show
Location: Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Road
Point of Contact: Clifford Laube @ (845) 486-7745
Pre-registration is required, visit www.fdrlibrary.org to register

Hyde Park:

Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th, 2019 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
WWII Encampment & Military Displays
Location: Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Road
Point of Contact: Clifford Laube @ (845) 486-7745

Milan:

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 11:30 A.M.
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Milan Town Hall, Route 199
Hosted by: Town of Milan 
Point of Contact: Bill Gallagher @ (845) 758-5133 ext. 2, supervisor@milan-ny.gov

Pawling:

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 11:15 A.M. 
Ceremony
Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Avenue, Pawling
Hosted by: Congregation of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church & American Legion Hasler Kamp Post # 215, Honor Guard
Point of Contact: Liz Nevermann @ (914) 374-7589, beachwalker1972@yahoo.com

City of Poughkeepsie:

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 3:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Soldier & Sailor Fountain, South Ave.
Hosted by: City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion Lafayette Post # 37
Point of Contact: Jacquemae Perotta @ (845) 452-5960, perrotta305@aol.com

Poughkeepsie:

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 7:30 P.M. 
Ceremony – Illuminate the Walkway
Location: Flag Pole in the center of the Walkway over the Hudson
Hosted by: Walkway Over the Hudson
Point of Contact: Walkway Over the Hudson Administrative Offices (845) 454-9649

Village of Rhinebeck:

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: 6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck
Hosted by: Rhinebeck Reformed Church & Montgomery AL Post #429
Point of Contact: Karla Peterson @ (845) 876-3727

Amenia: 

Monday, May 27TH, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Amenia Veterans Memorial Park
Hosted by: VFW Post # 5444 
Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle @ (845) 489-7826, vdoyle@ameniany.gov

Beacon:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 1:00 P.M.
Parade & Ceremony 
Location: 413 Main Street, Beacon
Speaker: Robert Lanier, Coast Guard (Ret.) 
Hosted by: American Legion Beacon Post # 203
Point of Contact: Tony Lassiter @ (845) 489-7937

Dover:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony 
Location: Dover Elementary School, RT 22 
Hosted by: American Legion Post # 1949
Point of Contact: Keith Keasbey @ (845) 832-9199

East Fishkill:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:45 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: East Fishkill Community Center and East Fishkill Memorial, Rt 82 and Beekman Road
Hosted by: American Legion Manny Bacon Post # 1758
Point of Contact: Jim Reynolds @ (845) 221-7273

Village of Fishkill:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 1:00 P.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Main Street and Broad Street
Hosted by: VFW Post # 1286 and Village of Fishkill
Point of Contact: Julie Spann @ (845) 896-9215

Hopewell Junction:

Monday, May 27TH, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
Catholic Mass
Location: St. Denis Cemetery, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction
Hosted by: St. Denis Church
Point of Contact: Fr. Bob Porpora @ (845) 227-8382, fr.bob@stdenischurch.org

Hyde Park:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 1:30 P.M.
Rose Garden Memorial Service 
Location: Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd
Hosted by: The National Park Service
Point of Contact: Clifford Laube @ (845) 486-7745

Millbrook:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M. 
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Franklin Ave and Tribute Garden Park
Hosted by: Millbrook VFW Post # 9008
Guest Speaker: Army Col. Lisa Shay, Retired
Point of Contact: Lonn Moore @ (845) 677-8540, moorelonn@yahoo.com 

Pawling:

Monday May 27th, 2019 @ 9:30 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Utter Brothers, Memorial Drive to
Veteran Memorial Plaza at the Village Green
Hosted by: American Legion Hasler Kamp Post # 215
Point of Contact: John Claudet @ (845) 855-9477

Pleasant Valley:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony 
Location: Pleasant Valley Mill site, Main St.
Hosted by: Pleasant Valley/Millbrook American Legion Post # 739
Point of Contact: Ross Hartlip @ (914) 489-1164

Poughkeepsie:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Dutchess County War Memorial, corner of Raymond Ave. and Main St.
Hosted by: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services
Point of Contact: Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services @ (845) 486-2060

Red Hook:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Red Hook High School to Memorial Square Park 
Hosted by: Red Hook VFW Post # 7765
Point of Contact: William C. Moore @ (845) 758-8175, wmoore@hvc.rr.com 
County Executive Molinaro will take part in the Red Hook parade

Rhinecliff:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
Flag Raising Ceremony 
Location: 6331 Mill Street
Hosted by: Rhinecliff Fire Department
Point of Contact: Dennis McGuire @ (845) 876-4429 or John Spencer @ (845) 876-4429

Beekman:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M. 
Parade & Ceremony 
Location: Town Hall and Fire House 
Hosted by: Town of Beekman
Point of Contact: Rachael Rancourt @ (845) 724-5300 ext. 221, townclerk@townofbeekmanny.us

Hyde Park:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:45 A.M.
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Hyde Park Town Hall & Hyde Park War Memorial
Hosted by: Hyde Park Recreation Dept. & American Legion Hyde Park Post # 1303 
Point of Contact: Michael Athanas @ (845) 233-5999, sogybottom@aol.com
or Teresa Gasparini (845) 229-8086, tgasparini@hydeparkny.us

LaGrange:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: 120 Stringham Road
Hosted by: Town of Lagrange, Boy Scout Troop 3082 & Girl Scout Troop 10587
Point of Contact: Kelly Tighe @ (845) 452-9064, ktighe@lagrangeny.gov

North East & Millerton:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Millerton Fire House to Veterans Park, Main Street
Hosted by: Millerton American Legion Post #178
Point of Contact: Sean Klay @ (518) 929-3624, sean@legionpost178.org

Pine Plains:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:30 A.M.
Parade & Ceremony
Location: Town Clock Memorial at South Main Street in the Town of Pine Plains
Hosted by: Shekomeko American Legion Post # 426 and Pine Plains VFW Post # 5519 
Point of Contact: Marie Stewart @ (845) 546-7349 one.phoenix.rhysing@gmail.com

Village of Rhinebeck:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:30 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony 
Location: Fairgrounds through Village to Rhinebeck Cemetery
Hosted by: American Legion Montgomery Post # 429
Point of Contact: Dennis J. McGuire @ (845) 876-4429, denles69@aol.com

Stanford:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
Parade and Ceremony
Location: Bangall Monument, Hunns Lake Road
Hosted by: Leroy Campell American Legion Post # 1793
Point of Contact: John Quinn @ (845) 868-7742

Village of Tivoli:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: Broadway, Veteran’s Monument 
Hosted by: American Legion Harris Smith Post #524
Point of Contact: Commander Thomas Mabie @ (845) 758-1330

Union Vale:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony
Location: On-The-Green, Verbank (Town of Union Vale)
Hosted by: Union Vale Fire Company
Point of Contact: David McMorris @ (914) 475-8397, dbmcmorris@optonline.net

Wappinger:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 2:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Location: Schlathaus Park, at the intersection of Myers Corners Road and 126 All Angels Hill Road
Hosted by: Town of Wappinger 
Point of Contact: Donna Lenhart @ (845) 297-0720
County Executive Molinaro will provide keynote remarks

Village of Wappingers Falls:

Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 A.M.
Ceremony 
Location: Mesier Park
Hosted by: J.M. Goring-WM. Hurtz American Legion Post # 427 and VFW # 5913
Point of Contact: Raymond C. Chase Jr. @ (845) 297-2943