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May 19, 2008 8:33 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Memorial Day Events

May 19, 2008 8:33 AM

Before Memorial Day observances in East Hampton Village on Monday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 550 and American Legion Post 419 on Sunday will visit East Hampton cemeteries between Wainscott and Montauk beginning at 8 a.m. Participants are welcome and should meet at the American Legion in Amagansett.

Also on Sunday, at 11 a.m., in front of BookHampton on Main Street in East Hampton, the East End Coalition for Peace and Justice will read the names of deceased veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Anyone interested in participating may contact Betty Mazur at 267-8392 or by e-mail at seabetty@optonline.net.

On Monday, May 26, Memorial Day observances will commence with a ceremony at Main Beach at 9 a.m. to honor those lost at sea. At 10:30 a.m., the annual East Hampton Village Memorial Day Parade will travel down Main Street through the village to Hook Mill for ceremonial services at the memorial there. Parade participants will begin lining up in front of Guild Hall at 10 a.m. Call 324-0362 for more information.

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor’s annual Memorial Day Parade, presented by the Chelberg-Battle American Legion Post 388 of Sag Harbor, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9082 of Sag Harbor, and several other community organizations, will begin at 9 a.m. at the war monument at Otter Pond and travel down Main Street to Bay Street. The Sag Harbor Community Band will perform in front of the Sag Harbor Cinema on Main Street at the parade’s starting point. Remembrance ceremonies will follow at the Marine Park flagpole and conclude on the front lawn of the American Legion Building on Bay Street.

North Haven

North Haven will hold Memorial observances on May 26 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the North Haven Village Hall on Ferry Road. North Haven officials and guests will speak and Bruce Winchell will lead the American Legion Honor Squad. Refreshments will be provided by the North Haven Village Improvement Society following the ceremony.


The annual Bridgehampton Memorial Day observance will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday at the monument at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road. Members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will join Bridgehampton Fire Department members and the Bridgehampton School Band to observe the holiday. Afterward, refreshments will be served at the firehouse on School Street. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the firehouse. The East End Veterans include members who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. Call 537-0336 for more information.


The Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m. in Agawam Park in Southampton. Before the service, a short parade will travel starting at 10:45 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church on South Main Street, down Jobs Lane to the park. Call 283-1623 for more information.

Hampton Bays

The Hand-Aldrich American Legion Post #924 of Hampton Bays will hold its Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in memory of deceased veterans.

The assembly point is St. Rosalie’s Catholic Church in Hampton Bays and the march will conclude at the American Legion Post, where a dedication ceremony will be held for the new Veterans Park. The guest speaker will be Bob Shearn, a 90-year-old veteran of the U.S. Navy, and refreshments will also be served by the Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society. Call 728-4340 for more information.


In Westhampton, the American Legion Post #834 will lead a ceremony honoring veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the Westhampton Cemetery, rain or shine.

Participants will include Bill Matthews, Jim Fogarty, members of the VFW and American Legion and the Westhampton Beach High School Band. The ceremony is expected to last about an hour and refreshments will be served following the event at the Quogue VFW Hall. Call 288-3263 for more information.


Eastport American Legion Post #1545 will host its annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 26, at the Eastport Elementary School beginning at 10 a.m. on the west side of Tuttle Avenue.

The Eastport South Manor High School Band will perform, and guest speakers include members of the Merchant Marines who will discuss their experiences in the military and what recognizing Memorial Day means to them. A closing ceremony will be held at the Eastport Legion Hall where refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the school gymnasium. Call 325-2110 for more information.


Remsenburg School in conjunction with Remsenburg Association will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Friday, May 23, at 10 a.m. The Remsenburg School Band will perform, and the march will begin at the school and conclude at the flagpole on the corner of South Phillips Avenue and South Country Road. A dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in honor of veterans. Call 325-0203 for more information.

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