Veterans Council Now Planning 2018 Memorial Day Parade, Celebrations

Pictured, from left, are Xavier Nickerson, Carter Nickerson and Paxton Nickerson putting their patriotism on display at the 2017 Jamestown Memorial Day parade. P-J file photo

Plans for the city of Jamestown’s most ardent annual display of patriotism are now underway.

The United Veterans Council of Jamestown is inviting all veterans and their families, organizations, groups, schools and government officials to participate in the city’s 2018 Memorial Day parade and celebrations, to be held Monday, May 28.

Members of the United Veterans Council of Jamsetown are asking that community members reflect on what Memorial Day truly means to them. Memorial Day, originally referred to as Decoration Day, is a day to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Unfortunately, according to Chairman Joe Paladino, the traditions associated with Memorial Day are beginning to erode in American culture.

“The traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years,” Paladino said. “Many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. Most people no longer remember proper flag etiquette for the day, let alone on a daily basis. Many have been distracted from the true spirit and meaning of the day. What was meant to be a solemn, sacred day of remembrance has simply turned into another day off, sales at local stores and a reason to cookout and party.”

“The United Veterans Council is asking that, before you enjoy going shopping and having your cookouts, parties and family gatherings, you take a few minutes and pause in remembrance of those who gave all and thank them for your freedom,” he continued. “Memorial Day is meant to be a somber day to remember those service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in dedication to our country’s freedoms. Our freedom is not free!”

Corp. Ken Furlow will be master of ceremonies for this year’s Memorial Day activities. Paul Arnone, a World War II veteran, will serve as parade grand marshal.

Line-up will start at 9 a.m. and the parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. with services to follow in Soldiers’ Circle at Lakeview Cemetery. To participate, contact Melodie Paladino, United Veterans Council of Jamestown secretary, at 450-6768.

Planning meetings are being held May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Ira Lou Springs Post 149 American Legion, 364 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown. Volunteers are needed.