Category Archives: May 30th Commemoration

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

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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Memorial Day in Waterloo 2021

Waterloo New York, the officially recognized Birthplace of Memorial Day. The 155th consecutive Memorial Day Commemoration was held in Waterloo on May 30, 2021. The commemoration started at St. Mary’s Cemetery with a fly over by 5 vintage planes, organized by Lauren Dates. Prayer was offered by Rev. Roy Kiggins from St. Francis & St. Clare Parish, followed by gun salute & taps. Then on to Maple Grove Cemetery, where prayer was offered by Rev. Jeff Haugaard from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, wreaths were laid followed by gun salute and taps. On to Elisha Williams Cemetery where prayer was offered by Chuck Nightingale, Waterloo American Legion Chaplin, followed by gun salute and taps. The ceremonies concluded at Lafayette Park with the laying of wreaths, prayer by Chuck Nightingale, VFW commander, gun salute and taps. Thank you to Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan and Senator Pam Helming for their presentations. https://youtu.be/QDlT72b3a3U

155th consecutive Memorial Day Commemoration in Waterloo

On Sunday morning May 30th, veterans will be assembling at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
There will be a veteran sponsored flyover followed by prayer, wreath laying and gun salute. Similar ceremonies will be then held at Maple Grove & Elisha Williams cemeteries on Stark Street and then at LaFayette Park to observe Memorial Day and salute our fallen soldiers for the 155th year in The Birthplace of Memorial Day! These services will be filmed and made available for viewing here on the Village Website.