UTICA, NY, Feb. 12, 2011 -- Organizers are looking to increase the size of Utica's Memorial Day Parade this year.
"We are inviting groups and organizations to join us in remembering those who sacrificed their lives in service of their country," said Memorial Day Committee Chair Paul Wojcik.
The annual parade – scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, May 30 – is co-sponsored by the City of Utica and the American Legion's Utica Post 229. Wojcik noted that the parade's theme is: "Honoring Our Past to Ensure Our Future: A Grateful Nation Remembers."
Interested participants may contact Wojcik at 315-735-7938, or Committee Secretary-Treasurer Joe Fraccola at 315-794-5296. Interested parties may also contact the committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to numerous veterans groups and elected officials, Wojcik said, the parade typically features Utica Police and Fire Departments, New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, several volunteer fire departments, Gold Star Mothers, Centro Bus, the Shriners’ Ziyara Zanies Motor Clowns, the Navy Jr. ROTC cadets from both Proctor and Notre Dame High Schools, POW/MIA floats, U.S. Army and National Guard contingents, Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, La Banda Rosa, and school marching bands.
The parade committee members and their veterans affiliations are:
Prior to the Memorial Day Parade, wreath-laying ceremonies take place at six monuments around Utica, starting at 10:45 a.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Oneida Square. The wreath-laying then moves, in order, to: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Parkway, the POW-MIA Monument on the Parkway, the World War I/World War II/Korean War Monument on the Parkway, the Purple Heart Park in West Utica, and the All Veterans Memorial at Utica’s Main Post Office on Pitcher Street.