By Peter Becker
HAWLEY- Fresh US flags are snapping in the breeze at veterans' graves at local cemeteries. Lineups for parades are set. Communities gear for another busy Memorial Day Weekend, a three-day official start of summer marked with sometimes frantic pursuit of relaxation and pauses to remember what the holiday is all about.
In preparation, American Legion Wilson-Kelch Post 311 continued their time-honored tradition of replacing worn flags at graves at the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Hawley and Mount Moriah Cemetary in Kimbles. This year they were helped by Hawley Post 311 Baseball Team, which they sponsor.
Pauline Meinzer, caretaker at Greengates Cemetery, replaces veterans' flags there as well as at the nearby Walnut Grove (Old Eddy) grave yard.
George Hibbs, past commander of Post 311, led his company of volunteers to Queen of Peace on May 18th. He opened in prayer, thanking God for Armed Forces personnel who have fought with valor for our freedoms, even up to giving their life. With honor and respect, the veterans and young people from the ball team went from grave to grave, standing before resting places of veterans from the Civil War, on up.
Approximately 800 flags were replaced.
• Hawley has their Memorial Day parade early. It is set for Sunday May 26 at 1 p.m. with lineup at 12 noon. The lineup is published in this edition.
Post 311 hosts a brief service between 12:30 and the parade at the Veterans' Monument off Park Place, across from Bingham Park. The public is welcome.
The parade leads down Main Avenue and up down Church Street. The parade pauses at the Eddy Bridge to drop a wreath in honor of U.S. Armed Services lost at sea. The parade then goes down Hudson Street, ending at the park.
• Honesdale's Memorial Day parade is on Monday May 27 at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Fair Avenue and North Main and heads down Main Street. A veterans' program follows in Central Park.
• Milford's Memorial Day parade, hosted by local veteran organizations, is scheduled for Monday May 27 at 10 a.m. The parade starts at the Ann Street Park, heads down Ann Street to West Harford, turns left to the traffic light, and then left onto Broad Street, ending at the Veterans' Monument across from the old stone jail (Sheriff's Office). A veterans' program starts immediately after the parade.