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May 27, 2011

Area to mark Memorial Day with parades, picnics


Area residents will join with local veterans, elected officials and others in remembering members of the U.S. military who gave their lives in service to their country this weekend, as parades and ceremonies to mark Memorial Day are slated in Bedford and Pound Ridge on Monday.

Separate parades are slated to take place in Katonah, Bedford Hills, Bedford Village and Pound Ridge on May 30, a national holiday paying tribute to the nation’s veterans. Events are also scheduled in other northern Westchester towns, including Mount Kisco and Lewisboro.

“Memorial Day is one of the most important days of the year, as it is a time for reflection and acknowledgement of the sacrifices of our veterans and those who have given their lives in the service of our country,” said Town Supervisor Lee Roberts, who will take part in all three parades and ceremonies in Bedford on Monday. “We can never repay the debt we owe those who have given their lives so that we may live in a country secure in the blessings of liberty.” 

‘I would encourage all of our residents to attend and be part of our community’s recognition of our veterans.’

— Lee Roberts

Ms. Roberts said she is hopeful that other Bedford residents join her at the parades and the brief ceremonies that follow. “I would encourage all of our residents to attend and be part of our community’s recognition of our veterans,” the supervisor said. “The annual hamlet parades and ceremonies are a reminder of the wonderful country we live in and how much we have to be grateful for.”

In Bedford Hills, the Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Babbitt and Glen roads. Proceeding along Babbitt Road, the parade, sponsored by the Bedford Hills Lions Club and the Bedford Hills Fire Department, turns down Church Street, making a right turn onto Main Street and makes a brief stop at the veterans memorial near the Community House. The parade then continues on to the memorial just north of the Bedford Hills firehouse. Refreshments will be served at the firehouse following the parade. Anyone wishing to retire an American flag can drop it off at the firehouse after the ceremony, and local Boy Scouts will properly dispose of the flags.

The parade in Katonah will begin Monday at 10 a.m., starting at the firehouse at 65 Bedford Road. The line of march will proceed along Katonah Avenue through the hamlet’s business hub to Lawrence Circle, where a ceremony will be held. Brief remarks will be made by invited guests and veterans of American Legion Post 2575, and a wreath will be placed at war memorials along Bedford Road.

Following the ceremony in the circle near the Katonah Village Library, ice cream is available for youngsters at the Katonah firehouse. As in years past, a barbecue will be held at the American Legion post on Route 22, where another brief ceremony will be held.

In Bedford Village, the annual parade sponsored by the fire department will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, starting at Seminary Road, proceeding along Route 172 and culminating at the Village Green, where a brief ceremony and placing of a memorial wreath will take place.

In addition to remarks by local clergy, the town supervisor and the department’s chief, Joanne Aquilino, guest speakers will touch on the significance of Memorial Day.

A longstanding tradition tied to the parade is the Bicycle Decorating Contest, in which prizes are awarded in several age categories to youngsters who adorn their bikes in patriotic colors. Since the bikes will be judged before the parade, youngsters are encouraged to bring their bikes and tricycles to the Bedford Village firehouse before 10 a.m. The youngsters wheeling along the line of march on their decorated bikes and wagons are a popular part of the parade. Following the ceremony, prizes are presented by the fire department and the Bedford Village Lions Club, the co-sponsors of the annual contest.  

The parade in Pound Ridge will kick off at noon on May 30, starting at Pound Ridge Elementary School and proceeding to the Pound Ridge Cemetery on West Lane and Westchester Ave. The parade will feature the Mount Kisco Scottish Pipe and Drum Band, among other groups and organizations.

The guest speaker at this year’s ceremony will be longtime Pound Ridge resident Frank Sisti. Two winners from the annual essay contest for Pound Ridge youngsters will read their essays on “What Memorial Day Means to Me.”

In addition to Pound Ridge veterans and dignitaries, local elected officials have been invited to attend.

Parade-goers are also invited to a free barbecue hosted by the Pound Ridge PBA, with food donated by Scotts Corner Market. The barbecue, to be held at the Town Park, will immediately follow the parade

Activities throughout the area

Mount Kisco’s Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 30, starting at 10 a.m. on Smith Avenue, proceeding to the Veterans Memorial between the cemeteries.  After a short tribute, the parade will continue up Moore Avenue and then left on Main Street and end at Village Hall, where a memorial ceremony will be conducted by Moses Taylor Post 136 American Legion.  In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the American Legion building at 10 a.m.

On Monday at 12:15, the annual Lewisboro parade begins at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Spring Street, ending at the Town House where Memorial Day ceremonies will be held.

The 35th annual South Salem Memorial Day Fair is set for May 30, including 10K and 5K races for runners and a 4.3K health walk around Lake Truesdale slated for 8:30 a.m. Children ages 9 through 12 can compete in a “Mile Fun Run,” with Pee Wee Races slated for youngsters 8 and under. Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, off Route 35. Booths will offer handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, casual fashions, books, baked goods, refreshments and other items, and a silent auction will also be held. Activities for young people include a variety of games, arts and crafts, a moon bounce and more. For information on the races or the fair, visit

In Goldens Bridge, ceremonies on May 30 will include a parade, wreath laying and a remembrance address delivered by Katonah resident and County Legislator Peter Harckham. Services begin at 11 a.m. in front of the Goldens Bridge Community House, with refreshments to follow.


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