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The History of Celebrate Commemorate in the Year 2000

Please join us for this video “Premiere”! Thursday May 23, 2024 at 7:00pm
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Celebrate Commemorate is enjoying its 25th anniversary this year – do you remember how it all got started?

Dave & Darlene Duprey have produced a video that recaps the 5 days of events that took place in May of 2000, which was originally thought to be a one year event to celebrate the turn of the century.“We filmed all the activities so we would be able to show the community involvement and just plain fun that was had by both those who volunteered and those that attended” they. 

Viewers will have fun spotting friends and family throughout the 57 Minute video.

There are clips of each of the entertainers & musicians, as well as craft vendors in the park, the duck race, the car show, boat rides, horse & wagon rides, civil war re-enactors, and the military services at St. Mary’s and Maple Grove Cemeteries. The parade features many veterans and school band members.

The highlight of Celebrate Commemorate 2000 was the attempt to put Waterloo in the Guinness Book of World Records for displaying the most American flags in a single town in one day. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H club members and anyone that participated in the flag count, might see themselves in the video!

The video can be viewed on YouTube during a special “Premiere” airing at 7 pm on Thursday May 23rd. This will be interactive on Youtube!

Please share this with anyone you know who was involved during the year 2000 or would just appreciate reliving this 5 day event.

Click the link below the image and be sure to click on the notification bell in the video window, to get a reminder 30 min. before the premiere starts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpBoHolgbM

The video will be available at Waterloonytube.com after the premiere.

2024 Henry Welles Award

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.”

YouTube Playlist of Henry Welles Award Winners 2009-2023

The Waterloo Library & Historical Society has announced the 2024 Henry C. Welles Awardee is Gina Suffredini. The annual event will serve to kick off the Celebrate Commemorate weekend starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 24th in the Library and Historical Society’s newly renovated Fatzinger Hall.

Suffredini, a 1976 graduate of Waterloo attended Herkimer County Community College then SUNY Geneseo where she graduated with a BS in Speech and Hearing and continued her education at Nazareth University receiving her Master’s degree in Education. She continued her passion for teaching in Waterloo for 30 years as a Speech and Language Therapist having a positive impact on students of all abilities earning her Waterloo Education Association Teacher of the Year. While working within the Waterloo Education Association Suffredini was the building representative, Secretary of the Teacher’s Union, served on the contract negotiations team, and even chief negotiator.

Suffredini is extremely active within her community serving 3 terms as an elected Village Trustee where she has been the First Woman Deputy Mayor, and served on numerous village committees including Public Safety, Personnel, Community Service, Department of Public Works, Water, and Sewer. She also has been involved in the revitalization efforts in downtown, village codes, the assessment team, and the the Village Police Department negotiations team. Suffredini also served as a liaison between the Waterloo School District and the Village of Waterloo.

She is a member of numerous community organizations, serving on executive committees, and has been awarded honors within many of them. Some of these committees are the Celebrate Commemorate Committee, Waterloo Rotary, Catholic Charities, Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Seneca County Retired Teachers Association, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team, Catholic Daughters of the America’s, St. Frances-St. Clare’s Festival Committee, Trevor’s Gift Backpack Program, Rotary Camp Onseyawa Fundraising Committee, and more.

It is no surprise that someone as involved with so many aspects of the community would be chosen to receive the Henry C. Welles Award. When asked of her reaction to this honor Suffredini stated, “I am proud and honored to be among the list of so many past recipients. Promoting and sharing our historic community and rich history with current residents as well as future generations is important to me. I hope that the time and effort volunteering over the years has inspired others to become involved in community events and organizations so that we continue to preserve what is uniquely ours here in Waterloo.”

To find out more about this and other events hosted by the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, contact 315-539-3313, waterloolib@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterloolhs.

15th Annual Memorial Day Veteran’s Biker Rally

MONDAY MAY 27th, 2024

15th Annual Memorial Day Veteran’s Biker Rally

Sponsored by:
Waterloo Container and Sessler Companies

Lead by the Patriot Guard Riders of NY
and
The Waterloo Legion Riders

2024 Bike Rally Registration Form

One of the most popular features of Celebrate Commemorate is our annual Biker Rally. The rally will be held on Monday, May 27, and is expected to attract 300 riders. Entry forms are available here, or participants may register at the VFW, 29 West Elisha St., from 8 to 10 a.m. the morning of the ride. Led by riders of the New York Patriot Guard and  Waterloo Legion Riders, bikers from throughout the area are invited to join the “Ride for Respect” to pay tribute to our troops. Riders will leave the VFW at 10 a.m. under the direction of ride captain Nigel Heaton of the New York Patriot Guard Riders. They will return to the VFW by about 2 p.m. where a buffet luncheon will be available.

Friends and families are welcome to attend.  A merchandise table will offer souvenirs for sale.

ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT New York Patriot Guard Riders, Waterloo VFW, Waterloo American Legion and Celebrate Commemorate Event

Celebrate Commemorate Parade Saturday May 25th

Waterloo Remembers

Click here for Some Suggested Parade Etiquette for those attending the 2024 Parade

Parade Co-Chair – Sarah Smolinski    315.745.9928    sarahemcmaster@yahoo.com

The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and step out promptly at 11 a.m. for the march down Main Street.

Parade Line Up

Celebrate Parade Float Contest


Slideshow of the 2018 Parade

Printable – Celebrate Commemorate Parade Line-Up

Freedom 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!

Parade Participants Form

 

Verification

 

The Hit Men

Saturday May 27th 12:00 – 12:20 pm
Lafayette Park Stage

Come & join us for a great show in LaFayette Park following their performance in the Celebrate Commemorate Parade at 11:00 am!

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Here they’re playing “How much is that Doggie in the Window”

The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Look around the site, and if you see what you like get a hold of us. If not then we’ll take care of yah. hitmen

Schedules – Applications – Maps available

If you are looking for a Schedule of Events, Event Map or 5k Race Map, or need an  Application for an event or wish to be a vendor, please visit this link.

Schedules, Applications, Maps, etc.

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