Parade Co-Chair – Sarah Smolinski 315.745.9928 email@example.com
Parade Co-Chair – Nicole Hunsberger 315-719-5247.
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!
New to this year’s celebrations, we have joined forces with an organization that goes by the name of Operation Build Up. They are a non profit organization based out of Avon, NY. They are a team of former marines that come together and rebuild vehicles for veterans in need.
Their mission is “to have an impact on the 22 veteran suicides per day and homelessness statistics by surprising veterans with the basic items needed for survival in a civilian lifestyle. Our goal over the next year is to surprise over 150 veterans with vehicles and complete home furnishings all across New York state!” Operation Build Up has not only given cars away but this past Christmas they gave a veteran and his family a home to live in rent free for four months. OBU came together as a team and collected donations from near and far and was able to make a dream come true for this veteran during a time of need.
Excerpt from CEO and Founder of Operation Build Up, Justin Cogswell:
Many people do not realize how difficult of an adjustment it can be to move from military life into civilian life for many veterans. Most of our heroic veterans return home from service with just enough personal belongings to fit in their vehicles. Many also have skill-sets that are strictly combat related making the transition into civilian life a challenge. Veterans are brave, dedicated, selfless people by nature.
Anyone that has met a hardened military veteran understands that they are the last people in the world to ask friends and family for help, or express their troubles. They are expected to be able to figure it out because “He or she is a Marine!”, “Or a Soldier!”…. This attitude adds more pressure to our already overwhelmed veterans. Yes there are many programs offering needed assistance, most of which have requirements based upon percentage of disability, discharge classifications, discharge dates, and many additional criteria that further complicate assistance.
Operation Build Up is here to change these circumstances. Regardless of the criteria. We will help every veteran that we can with the necessary tools for survival in a civilian atmosphere, young and old. Whether you have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Vietnam, or any other conflict; we will do all we can to come to your aid.
Imagine if we could have an Operation Clean Out To Build Up warehouse in every major city! By giving restored vehicles and furniture we give them a comfort, sense of belonging, and the tools necessary to create stable lives. The effect on Veteran’s homelessness and suicide statistics would be dramatic.
We Won’t Leave You Behind, Our Team Strives To Simplify The Process Of Getting Resources To Our Veterans.
Operation Build Up will be joining us this year in surprising one of our local veterans with a car of their very own right here in Waterloo.
The Henry C. Welles award honors those individuals who “embody the character and commitment of the founder of Memorial Day toward the betterment of our community.”
For his efforts to preserve and improve the village of Waterloo, this year’s Welles award honors Leland “Lee” Henry of 93 Virginia Street.
“For more than 50 years, Lee has worked tirelessly for the improvement of Waterloo,” said Josh Mull, a member of the selection committee. “From his service in the Lions Club and the Jay Cees, to his work on the Town Board and his efforts as a private citizen, Lee’s life of service and commitment is exemplary.”
Lee Henry will be presented his award at a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, May 24, at the Waterloo Library and Historical Society, East Williams Street, the kickoff for Celebrate Commemorate weekend.
Henry came to Waterloo with his family from Brooklyn in 1946, in the middle of his junior year in high school, and although his work forced him to move frequently throughout his adult life, Waterloo was always the place he called home.
Lee graduated from Waterloo High School in 1947, and after a year in college enlisted in the ARMY, serving four years with the 82nd Airborne Division. While in the service, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Alice O’Connor, who joined him at Ft Bragg, N C .It was not surprising that the young couple returned to Waterloo following his discharge. “Our roots were here,” he explained.
Not long after settling into his new home, Henry joined the Waterloo Lions Club and became involved in the group’s many projects. The Lions created the first crossing to Oak Island by installing a culvert and path from Oak Street. They then built a playground in the swampy area north of what is now the Community Center, between Oak & Seneca St “We literally drained the swamp before it became a popular phrase,” Henry said with a laugh. Mike Weaver, local tile drainage expert, provided help with drainage and surveying, he said.But the group was stymied when it came to installing a fence around the field. The project’s cost was more than the group could fund. Then they heard that the former Andes Furnace Co on Route 5&20 in Geneva was closing and would donate its cyclone fence to the Lions if they removed it that weekend. Verne Sessler Sr. .came to the rescue providing trucks and equipment and on a “rainy, cold weekend” in November the Lions turned out to take on the challenge of rolling up several hundred feet of fence, pulling up posts and removing the concrete footings. “That’s when I learned to use a jackhammer,” Henry joked. The playground was completed over several years, fence erected, painted, equipped, supervised and became a Village operation. Henry remained a Lion for many years, serving at least one term as President.
During this time, he was employed at Greenwood Foods, moving up from warehouseman to transportation manager. For three years he also drove three nights a week to Syracuse University to study economics and transportation, a tough commute in those days with no Thruway. And he and Alice raised their three children, daughters Karen and Valerie and son Leland. When work took him away from Waterloo, Henry reluctantly gave up his community activities. But he returned home in 1965-66 in time to assist fellow Welles Award recipients Richard Schreck and John Genung on the Centennial Committee that succeed in Waterloo being named the official Birthplace of Memorial Day.
It was a proud day in 1978 when Lee successfully passed the five, four-hour exams to earn his professional certification from the American Society of Traffic and Transportation. Following his retirement in 1992, Henry returned to public service. He served on the Town Board from 1997-2001, helping form a zoning committee and develop a comprehensive plan and the Town’s first zoning ordinance, with a bevy of other ordinances to protect to Town, in 2000.
Henry served on the board of the Library & Historical Society from 2005 to 2009 ,helping raise funds and drafting the organization’s first formal budget and instituting health care and retirement plans for employees.
He is proudest of his work as vice president of Concerned Citizens of Seneca County in helping to shutter mining on a 200-acre field East of Burgess Road. “Saving that land is huge. If Waterloo is ever going to expand, that’s the natural direction,” he explained.
Alice Henry died in 2014, and these days Lee, age 90, enjoys spending time with his children and their spouses, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren who all live nearby, and his large orange cat “Dilbert”. He works part time as a delivery person for BonaDent, serves as an usher at St. Francis-St. Clare church, delivers Meals on Wheels and is working on his golf game.
“We are honored to welcome Lee Henry to the group of amazing men and women who are previous Welles Award recipients,” said Jane Shaffer, co-chair of Celebrate Commemorate.
At 4pm on Saturday May 25th:
Patriot Pizza Eating Contest sponsored by Ciccinos Pizzeria!
* Chicken BBQ’s by K&R Catering:
Saturday, Waterloo in Bloom & Sunday, Waterloo Rotary
* Celebrate Committee Food Booth – featuring Hamburgs – Hot Dogs
Hot Sausage & Ciccino’s Pizza, soda, water
* Dar’s Delights – Home Made Ice Cream
* 1st Presbyterian Church – assorted pies, coffee, bottled water, ice cream for
* Riblicious bbq – pulled pork bbq
* Cayuga Lake Creamery – Ice Cream
* G & G concessions – Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
* Dandy Sandy Sweets – Frozen Cheesecake on a stick
* Summertime Bliss – lobster roll, clambake
* MaMa Bear Concessions – Fried Dough, Lemonade & French Fries
* Pack 81 – Concessions on Oak Island
For more information please contact:
Conrad Struzik- 315-246-3041
The culinary tent is being organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Stop by and see what’s cooking!
Rise and shine on Celebrate/Commemorate weekend with breakfasts
at the American Legion and VFW
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Depart Oak Island, Waterloo, aboard the Seneca Lake Reel Tours, a 50-foot catamaran, and travel down the Cayuga-Seneca Canal passing through the Waterloo lock and descending 15 feet.
Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Bathroom on board.
Boat departs at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Pre-sale tickets from Stivers Seneca Marine 315-789-5520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets will also be available for purchase prior to departure. Tickets: Adults $15.00 & Children $10.00 (ages 10 and up).
We are proud to have Women’s Rights National Historical Park as a sponsor again this year. The M’Clintock House on East Williams Street was the home of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock from 1836-1856. The family were active Quaker abolitionists, actively engaged in the Underground Railroad, and were major organizers of the first Woman’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, in July of 1848.
In honor of Memorial Day, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will offer an open house at the M’Clintock House from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26. A ranger will rove Lafayette Park 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday at 1:15 AND Sunday at Noon, The beautiful harmonies and songs of Merry Mischief from by gone times will set the mood in advance of the characterizations of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Step back in time with music and learn from the wisdom of those who have tread the stairs of politics and women’s rights at this historic museum.
At the M’Clintock House at 1:45 pm and 3:00 pm Saturday, May 25th and 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm Sunday, May 26th, there will be Historical dialogues on women’s rights and women’s suffrage featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube.
Kids will have an opportunity to join in the fun, playing lawn games or writing their own Kids’ Declaration of Sentiments in the M’Clintock House yard.
Melinda Grube focuses on the life and work of suffragist and freethinker Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who helped to organize the first Woman’s Rights Convention in her hometown of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Melinda Grube is an adjunct lecturer in history at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York, and a longtime interpreter of regional women’s-rights history
Here is a sample from the 2017 dialogues:
Stop in the Kid’s Korner tent. Get busy and create. It’s fun.
And – for $5.00- you can design and take home your very own souvenir tee shirt, decorated with colored markers.
As always there will be games, treats and even an obstacle course!!