Findley Lake Holds Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony

The Clymer Central School Band marching and performing songs of patriotism. P-J photos by Damian Sebouhian

FINDLEY LAKE — Findley Lake held its annual Memorial Day Parade and Homefront Support celebration Monday, as community members gathered to honor four Findley Lake natives who died in the field of battle as well as veterans who passed during 2017 and those currently serving in the military.

“It’s a pretty exciting day for us,” said Town Supervisor Rebecca Brumagin. “Even though our parade is small it’s very heartfelt with local people getting together and really enjoying Memorial Day for what it truly stands for.”

Those participating in the parade included the Sherman Fire Department, the Methodist Church, the Nature Center, Young At Heart Seniors and bands from both the Clymer and Sherman Central Schools.

After the parade, the community gathered at the Findley Lake Gazebo and Water Wheel for the Homefront Support ceremony.

Pastor David Cooke recited the invocation, and the Findley Lake Boy Scouts Troop #159 raised the flag.

The Sherman Central School Band, under the direction of Mr. Andrew Minton, played “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Clymer Central School Band, under the direction of Mr. Chris Wakefield performed “Amazing Grace.”

Tayor Beckwith sang “This Land is Your Land” accompanied by children from the audience.

The four honored veterans included: George Kopta, Private 1st Class US Army, killed in action on Oct. 3, 1951, in Korea at the age of 24; John Ethber Shields, Corporal US Army Engineer Battalion, killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium at the age of 30; Morris Dascum Edwards, Sergeant US Army Air Forces, killed in action in Italy on April 28, 1944, at the age of 24; and Arthur L Chesley Jr., Private US Army 23rd Infantry Regiment, killed during WWII in France at the age of 22.