FULTON, NY – This is the 33rd year of Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute.
It doesn’t seem possible that this community-wide event was started in 1981.
Four service clubs, Lions, Rotary, JayCees and the Kiwanis clubs started the event.
After a few years the Optimist Club replaced the JayCees, but they disbanded and so the present fourth service club, which was started in 1999, is Sunrise Rotary.
The original purpose was three-fold.
We wanted a community-wide event that everyone in our community, especially the children, could participate in.
We wanted to offer a program, or series of events, that would thank all of our present and former service men and women for their service to our country.
And, we wanted to bring the people of our community music by nationally and locally recognized performers or groups.
When it comes to entertainment, the service clubs have provided the Fulton audiences with some great music over the years.
The emphasis has mostly been on the popular music of the 1950s through the 1970s.
This music could be defined in broad terms as “Rock ‘N Roll.”
This year, Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor The Chris Taylor Band on the Community Center stage on May 24 starting at 7 p.m.
The band is Central New York’s premier Top 40 county music band.
With musicians that any band would envy, the group has incredible dynamics and stage presence that leave fans breathless on the dance floor and tapping their toes at the bar.
With the help of local Syracuse radio stations B104.7 and BIG FROG 104, they have opened for Nashville acts such as Big & Rich, Craig Morgan, Mark Chestnut, Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie and Tracey Lawrence, just to name a few.
Mark Bialczak, of the Syracuse Post Standard wrote, “The band proved that Syracuse has a contemporary county band that fits on a big stage comfortably with the big national stars… Taylor’s own ‘Down at the Honkey Tonk’ is good enough to get airplay on its own.”
Jim Myers, long time entertainment chairman for the Memorial Day Salute, has released the complete entertainment schedule.
Kicking off the salute on May 24, Oswego County’s largest parade will move down Broadway, from east to west, starting at 10 a.m. This will be followed by several of the parade marching bands playing at a “Stand-In” on the Community Center stage from noon to 2 p.m.
CNY Arts Center will entertain children and adults alike with a talent show at 2 p.m.
Brass Exchange will be on stage at 4 p.m. and The Chris Taylor Band at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The raindate for the fireworks is May 25.
The Memorial Day Salute opens at 10 a.m. on May 24 and closes after the fireworks are over.
During these hours, delicious food and beverages and many rides will be available.