The Memorial Day Service and Parade will assemble Monday.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive West and will be conducted by the participating organizations of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council.
The 2016 Master of Ceremonies is John D’Agostino, DJVC and publisher, Dunkirk OBSERVER.
The Memorial Day Parade will start at approximately 11 a.m. and proceed East on Lake Shore Drive West to Central Avenue.
The Parade will turn onto Central Avenue and proceed south to Fifth Street. The Parade turns East on Fifth Street and disbands at Washington Park.
In case of inclement weather the parade will be canceled.
Should the rain continue, Memorial Day Services will be at V.F.W. John T. Murray Post 1017, 113 Second St. Dunkirk, N.Y.
The 2017 Parade Division Marshals are: Richard Makuch, David Taber, Dennis Mulkin and David Dow and Jack Hood.
The 2016 Parade Commentator is David Rowley, News Director, WDOE radio.
1st Division Marshal – Jack Hood, Chautauqua County American Legion commander.
2nd Division Marshal – Mr. Edziu Kaus, DJVC Trustee & Honor Guard Firing Square.
3rd Division Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, DJVC Trustee and Sgt.-at-Arms.
4th Division Marshal – Mr. Michael Edwards, City of Dunkirk Fire Chief.
The public is invited to attend and the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council urges the public to fly the Flag this Memorial Day. God Bless Our Veterans and this Great Nation of Ours.
Division Line-Ups are as follows:
City Official – Hon. Mayor Wilfred Rosas; Mr. David Ortolano, Police Chief City of Dunkirk lined up on Lake Shore Drive West.
Followed by Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard, Mr. David Huels, DJVC Honor Guard Liaison Officer and Trustee; Mr. Thomas Rugani, DJVC Honor Guard; Mr. Ronnie Rollins, DJVC Honor Guard; Kenneth DeLong, Armorer DJVC.
Followed by car
Parade Marshal: Mr. Jack Sievert, Commander DJVC. Parade Co-Marshals, Richard Makuch, DJVC HG Cdr., Parade Co-Marshal David Taber, DJVC Asst. HG; Parade Co-Marshal David Dow, DJVC (Retired).
Master of Ceremonies, Mr. John D’Agostino, DJVC and Publisher OBSERVER;
Lt. Christopher Wilson, USCG Sea partners Campaign;
Followed by Grand Marshals Steve Mastrelli, David Baldwin and Joseph S. Gatto.
1st Division Parade – Forms on Pelican Street at Lake Shore Drive West. Those marching in the first division report to David Dow for instructions on who to follow.
All Veterans Honor Guard Led by Jack Hood, county American Legion commander.
Officers and Veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Cold War, Global War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan will be part of the Honor Guard.
Flag Review: Elks, BPO 922 Dunkirk, N.Y. Flag Review.
City of Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards.
Professional Fire Fighters Local 616.
Greater Buffalo Firefighter Pipe & Drum formed in 2012 consisting of Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, E.M.S. providers and friends.
J.R.O.T.C.: The DHS Reserve Officer Training Program is instructed by Capt. Price D. Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.) and SFC Frank Torain U.S. Army (Ret.)
Dunkirk High School Band: Mrs. Jenniene Scarem, Director, The DHS Band will perform in front of the reviewing stand at City Hall.
Veterans Requiring Transportation:
C.A.R.T.S. Bus will begin loading Veterans at approximately 10:45 a.m.
C.A.R.T.S. has been graciously arranged by Mr. Cory Leymeister Resource Assistant.
D.A.V.: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.
Mr. Leroy Foster – U.S.A.F. Veteran (Ret.) Mrs. Ruthann Foster.
Lynn Watrous, U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea from 1951 to 1952. He is riding in a restored Jeep Willys MB and being driven by his grandson Craig Sullivan.
WWII Veterans in Cars or C.A.R.T.S.
Korean War Veterans: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.
Vietnam Veterans: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunkirk Flotilla 34 Dunkirk, N.Y. Mr. Doug Hamernick, Commander.
Lake Shore Street Rods – possibly three or four cars.
Hamburg Kingsmen Drum & Bugle, Mr. Rod Keppel, director.
2nd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Edziu Kaus – Trustee and Honor Guard Firing Squad D.J.V.C. Those marching in the second division report to David Taber for instructions on who to follow.
Forms on: Swan Street at Lake Shore Drive West.
Sons of Liberty Riders. Riding for those who can’t.
Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers Varsity High School Hockey Team.
North Coast Brass Co. Musicians Thomas Davenport director.
Little Leaguers – T-Ball: Approximately 270+ children ages 4 thru 16 playing in 5 different leagues will participate. In the line-up will be Dunkirk Little League President Mr. Gary Haase.
Girl Scouts of America: Donna Banach Advisor, Girl Scouts Troop 20158.
Dunkirk Middle School Band: Mary Brock, Director. The Group includes sixth, seventh and eighth grade students playing Salute to Freedom by Andy Clark.
3rd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, D.J.V.C. Trustee and Council Sgt-at-Arms Those marching in the third division report to Dennis Mulkin for instructions on who to follow.
Forms on: Dove Street at Lake Shore Drive West.
Rubber Made Brigade- Directed by Mr. David VanWey.
Iglesias Getsemani Children’s Ministries children and Float
Good Hope First Baptist Church of Dunkirk.
Upward Bound Program, Patricia Messina Program Coordinator; Loretta Torain, Director.
The Karate Kids Zone, Master Sensei Bill Matteson & Ms. Julie Lynn Damian.
Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels.
4th Division Parade Marshal Mr. Michael Edwards, Fire Chief City of Dunkirk, N.Y.
Forms on: Plover Street at Lake Shore Drive West.
Western N.Y. Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps: Mr. Robert Teclaw, Director.
Dunkirk City of Fire Trucks
East Town of Dunkirk Fire Dept.
West Town of Dunkirk fire Dept.
Dunkirk Police Car
Pillar of Fire Fellowship – Pastor J. Wentz.