This Monday marks the observance of Memorial Day in the United States. According to

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.


Here is information for two of the Memorial Day remembrances that will take place over the Memorial Day Weekend. On Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8PM, there will be both a ceremony and vigil held on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park to honor those that gave their lives in defense of our great nation. The event will be held at the flag pole in the center of the Walkway and will feature a flag ceremony with the Pleasant Valley American Legion and Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars. A retired flag presentation will be performed, and members of Buglers Across America will play “Taps.” In addition, The Hudson Valley Alumni Guard and The 20th Century Limited Honor Guard will be in attendance. The public is invited to participate by bringing a flashlight, glow stick or other non-flammable lighted object to light up the Walkway with a special Sunset Illumination Vigil.

Then at 11AM on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, Dutchess County will host a tribute ceremony to the men and women of Dutchess County who lost their lives during military service at the Dutchess County War Memorial at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie. County Executive Molinaro will be the guest speaker.