Memorial Day Weekend in Rockland

(Audio) There are lots of events scheduled for the extended Memorial Day Weekend all around our listening area. Part of the commemorations feature the very popular watchfires that are lit on the traditional Memorial Day, May 30th, at several locations around the county. Jerry Donnellan, the Director of Rockland’s Veterans Service Agency, says the tradition was inspired by the Revolutionary War tactic to send signals from Beacon, NY down to Sandy Hook, NJ…

Audio clip: Jerry Donnellan

The ceremonies are known for their lack of extended speeches and extensive pageantry and meant instead for personal reflection and observance. In addition to the one on the Piermont Pier, there’ll be a watchfire in Bowline Park in Haverstraw, Orangeburg on the top of Clausland Mountain, and Gene Levy Park in Ramapo. The fires are traditionally lit close to midnight, so Donnellan recommends getting there early to see them lit. They burn for the entire day. Over in Stony Point, Supervisor Jim Monaghan says the day will begin with a traditional honoring of a fallen veteran…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

After that the parade kicks off from Ten Eyck and Jay Street at 9:30AM. The parade ends at Town Hall for a service, and the parade will go on rain or shine, unless the weather is dangerous. Over in Haverstraw, Supervisor Howard Phillips says Monday’s observances begin at town hall at 9am, followed by numerous memorials…

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

For a list of more things going on this weekend visit the WRCR Community Notebook. There’s another list here.

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