The Village of Waterloo is inviting all Waterloo area residents to attend and provide their input towards their 2020 Downtown Revitalization Initiative application.
Public Engagement is a critical component to the Village’s application and residents are encouraged to attend the informational meeting Wednesday, February 26th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Ciccino’s in Waterloo at 22 E Main Street.
There will be a short presentation describing the DRI process followed by interactive public feedback stations. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) provides communities the opportunity to transform downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities with a $10 million grant award.
“What do you think? We want to know.” said Mayor Jack O’Connor, “Please assist us in building a strong and reflective DRI application for the Village of Waterloo, don’t forget to fill out the survey on the Village website.”
Waterloo, New York – The Village of Waterloo is leading an initiative to honor the brave service members who have received the distinguished Purple Heart with a new local memorial that recognizes this distinctive military honor. The Village is now issuing its second and final call for Purple Heart recipients to be recognized at the 2020 commemoration and memorial unveiling event.
On May 30th 2020, the Waterloo community will unveil the new memorial, complemented with various events including a formal ceremony at the memorial site in Lafayette Park.
The Purple Heart was first instituted by George Washington in 1782 to honor bravery in action. The second and current iteration of the award, dating back to February 22, 1932, is to honor those killed or wounded in combat while serving their country. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration presented to our brave service members.
At this time the Village is again encouraging ANY Purple Heart recipients that wish to be included in the memorial and community celebration of service to apply for recognition. “We want to be sure that anyone who has earned this honor can be properly recognized. It is exciting to see the many applications that have already been submitted and want to be sure we capture as many as possible in the timeline allotted for this year’s events” said Mayor O’Connor.
To ensure a successful application, the Village is asking that the application be submitted by February 15, 2020, in person or by mail to the Waterloo Village Office at 41 West Main Street, Waterloo, NY 13165, or call (315)539-9131 for review by the Waterloo Purple Heart Memorial committee. This submission will provide applicants with eligibility for both the Waterloo, NY memorial as well as the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor https://www.thepurpleheart.com/.
This local initiative is a reflection of our area’s aspiration to recognize those remarkable few who have been bestowed this award for their outstanding service by placing their name in stone for all to honor.
Thank you to all interested in our local community’s Purple Heart recognition efforts, and particularly those who have served our great country.
The Village of Waterloo has established the following complete streets ordinance to provide guidance and direction to current and future development – ensuring above all else that municipal infrastructure is multi-modal, safe, and reflective of the abilities of all citizens to travel through its public rights-of-way.
The Celebrate Commemorate Parade has been cancelled due to a fast moving storm with some lightening spotted. The storm will pass thru and the rain is already slowing down. The rest of the day is still on at this point both in the Park and at Oak Island. Stay tuned for further updates as the day goes on. Lots of entertainment under tents as well as vendors and food!!
The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and step out promptly at 11 a.m. for the march down Main Street.
Slideshow of the 2018 Parade
This year’s honor float in the Freedom Parade pays tribute to our men and women who have served.Come watch the Romulus Girl Scouts come together to carry a large flag down main street in honor of all military men and women who have served and are still serving.We welcome anyone who would like to join us in this great opportunity.
A float by Girl Ccout Troop 60562 will honor all veterans.Any Vet who would like to ride on the float is invited to call Sarah Smolinski at 315-745-9928 or Nicole Hunsberger at 315-719-5247.
Veterans will follow in cars, motorcycles and especially buses from the VA hospital in Canandaigua.Those who want to drive their own cars must have at least three people in the vehicle.Following the parade, vets will be hosted at a chicken barbecue lunch at the VFW.Please RSVP to Karen Lewis at 315-651-9513 to allow the VFW to plan for enough food.
Groups that have been in the parade before, know what fun it can be.Once again, there will be divisions for military and officials; youth organizations, schools and families; churches, senior citizens and organizations; and vehicles.The Civil War and American Revolutionary War re-enactors will have a “parade within a parade.” Watch for special “dignitaries” in this year’s parade including US President Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.The very popular Hit Men Brass Band will join Downbeat Percussion, Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, the Waterloo Central School Band and the Finger Lakes Pipes & Drums in the lineup this year.
Bring your chair and wave a flag to honor our vets and community stars!