CASSADAGA - Members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard visited many area cemeteries to remember veterans with a special memorial service. Beginning at 6:45 a.m., the Honor Guard boarded a rented bus from the legion hall, when the outside temperature was 36 degrees, and traveled to the Charlotte Center Cemetery for the remembrance service.
John Bellardo Jr., legion chaplain, gave a prayer, and then there was a 21-gun salute led by adjutant Jim Hayward. Taps was then played, and the group was dismissed and boarded the bus for the next cemetery. Members of the Sons of the American Legion and the Women's Auxiliary were along to participate in these services. From there, the group traveled to the Burnham Hollow Cemetery, the Christian Cemetery, the Stockton Evergreen Cemetery, the Stockton Greenwood Cemetery, the Centralia Oregon Cemetery, the Pleasantville Cemetery, the Red Bird Corner Cemetery and participated in the Sinclairville parade and memorial service.
From there, the group traveled to the Picketts Corner Cemetery, then to Lily Dale for a memorial service, and concluded in Cassadaga for the Memorial Day parade and service at the Cassadaga Cemetery. At all times, the men of the Honor Guard would say, "You are not forgotten."
Members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard participated in many Memorial Services at surrounding cemeteries in the Cassadaga Valley area on Memorial Day on Monday. Shown here is the group at the Burnham Hollow Cemetery.