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Memorial Day Weekend events planned throughout region

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Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. It is a day for celebration, parades, patriotism and picnics. Local communities have all of these and much more planned for the upcoming long weekend.

The following is a list of Memorial Day Weekend events as provided to the Carthage Republican Tribune:

CARTHAGE — WEST CARTHAGE

Parade: Line up starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, in West Carthage, parade, hosted by the American Legion Post 789, starts at 10 a.m. from Bridge Street. The route travels east into Carthage, pausing on the bridge to drop wreaths, in remembrance of those lost at sea. The parade concludes at Monument Park where a brief ceremony is held.

Open house: Both the American Legion, 415 West St., and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7227, 668 West End Ave., will host open houses after the parade.

Chicken barbecue: The West Carthage Hornets Drill team will hold a chicken barbecue, at the West Carthage Fire Hall, 61 High St., starting after the parade. Dinners are $8 and include half a chicken, beans, macaroni salad and a dinner roll, Chicken half only will be $6.

BLACK RIVER

Parade: After lining up on Remington Street the parade begins at 11 a.m., Monday, May 26, continues down Main Street to the monument on East Dexter Street where a brief ceremony is held.

Cook out: Hosted by American Legion, 113 East Dexter St.

DEFERIET

Parade: Line up is held at the Fire Department for the parade which starts at noon, Sunday, May 25. Featuring the Augustinian Academy Band, children’s bicycles and the Carthage Central High School JROTC, the parade circles the village ending at the municipal building on Riverside Drive. Following the parade, Lorna Swan, on behalf of the Carthage Veterans of Foreign Wars, will lay a wreath on the Heroes Monument and mayor Janet M. Zando will conduct a brief ceremony. The village will host a picnic to conclude the festivities. Village residents wishing to participate in the sunflower growing contest may pick up their plants at the picnic. Mature entries will be judged on height and head size with the winners being awarded gift cards. The flyer for the contest states it will “bring a little sunshine to the village.”

NATURAL BRIDGE

Parade: Begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Hosted by the hamlet’s Fire Department and Ambulance Squad, the organizers are seeking participants. For more information, call 771-5007. The parade route starts and ends at the fire station on High Street, circling the community along High, Main and Depot streets.

Other events: There will also be a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., bake sale starting at 9 a.m. and chicken barbecue starting at 11 a.m.

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