The Fulton Service Clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary Sunrise) and the Fulton Veterans Council have completed the planning for the 31st Annual Memorial Day Salute to be held on May 25 and 26.
The parade committee has been working for several months putting together the area’s
largest parade. The parade date is Saturday, May 26th, and it will start at 10 a.m.
The Memorial Day parade is the Fulton Service Clubs’ way of honoring all area veterans.
However, the parade is open to all groups and businesses in the area. The theme for this year’s parade is “America……Worth Fighting For”. The committee will award trophies in several categories for the best representation of the theme.
Last year’s winner of “The Grand Marshall Award” for the most patriotic and interesting group was the Fulton Elks Club Lodge #830 float. Their float was elegantly decorated and gave a very positive patriotic message to the audience and the parade judges.
A parade is music, with bands of different sizes and sounds. The “Best Music Trophy” was awarded to the Central Square Middle School Marching Band, under the direction of Andrew Graziano.
Graziano works hard with his students to develop their skills. His band is large and the
sound is outstanding for children of that age level.
The Fulton Wrestling Club won the “Theme Trophy.” Their float was colorful, had many
children on board and displayed large pictures of many former club members who are now serving in the armed forces which impressed the judges.
The Fulton Wrestling Club met all aspects of the parade theme of “Proud To Be An American.”
There are always a large number of children’s groups in the parade, so the parade committee awards three trophies in the category of Children’s Groups. The first place in the “Children Awards” was awarded to the Off Broadway Dance Studio. Their dance routine and their beautiful float was second to none.
Second place went to the Fulton Pop Warner. The Pop Warner boys and girls had
a beautiful patriot float, in keeping with the theme, and a talented exhibition by their cheerleading members.
Third place went to the Fulton City School District Junior and High School “marching”
band. Even though the band is not a marching band, their music and marching ability each Memorial Day is to be complemented.
Three trophies are given by the “Fulton Veteran’s Council” for which veteran’s groups
and active military are eligible. Winning first place in the Veteran’s group was the 10 th Mountain Division Marching Band from Fort Drum. Winning second place was the Marine Corps Color Guard and Ladies Auxiliary with their float. Taking third place was the Fulton VFW Post 569 Float, Ladies Auxiliary Cars and VFW Junior Girl’s float.
The parade route is the same as it has been for the past 30 years. The formation of the parade is in the former Nestle’s parking lot and adjacent streets. The parade then starts north on South Fourth Street by Lyons Street to pass by the Oswego Health facility and the Michaud Nursing Home so that the patients who are able to get outside or to their window can see the parade.
The parade proceeds north to Broadway and then west to Recreation Park. The reviewing stand will be positioned at West Broadway and West Third Street, in front of Brewer and Brewer’s Mobil Station.
Typically, thousands will line the parade route.
The lead band in this year’s parade will be the Fulton Music Department Band. The Fulton Memorial Day Parade tries to be a balanced community based parade. Active military service units, veterans from all services, several color guards, bagpipe bands, youth groups, fire companies, clowns, school bands, adult bands, some vehicles, lots of walkers, business and industries, scouts, street vendors, usually hundreds of balloons, and even cartoon characters will be in this year’s parade.
The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels that this parade mixture makes for a most interesting event and represents and entertains the community. A Grand Marshall leads each Memorial Day Parade. The Fulton Veterans’ Council, which is made up of all the veterans’ organizations in the greater Fulton area, chooses a “Veteran of the Year” each year. This year’s Veteran of the Year and parade Grand Marshall is Charles Callen. The Fulton Veterans’ Council provides the leading color guard for this year’s parade.
All of the bands in the parade are sponsored by area businesses and local industries. Several bands, sponsored by Cayuga Community College, that have been in the parade every year are returning this year. Also, the Fulton School’s music department will have all of their bands in the parade this year as they have had since the beginning of the event. Several colorful floats in each year’s parade make it an event you should not miss. Many area businesses and industries have entered a float in the parade over the years.
Sometimes an employee group or union have dreamed up the idea and built the float.
There is still time to enter a float in this year’s parade. Call parade chairman, Zach Menter at 591-4502 for more information on how to enter your float or unit in the parade.
The Memorial Day Salute Parade is just one part of the Memorial Day Salute weekend. The event will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and close after the fireworks, sponsored by Community Bank N.A., which are scheduled for 10 p.m.
Food, rides, games, vendors and free entertainment are available throughout the event.
Friday’s entertainment features the G Ray Bodley High School Jazz Band, The Music of Rick Bush and the very popular and local favorite Domicolo & Barlow, sponsored by
National Grid, who will be the main entertainment at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s hours are from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.. After the parade, the parade bands will do “Stand In” on the Community Center stage. Virgil the Magician, The Music of Vince Markowsky, the Fulton Community Band and the Fulton Dixieland Band will provide steady entertainment from noon until closing at 10 p.m. with Nik & The Nice Guys, America’s No.1 Party Band, taking the stage at 7 p.m.
Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor this fun-loving pop-rock band.
All of this entertainment is free, thanks to the support of local Fulton and Oswego merchants and industries. Along with Fulton Savings Bank, Community Bank N.A., Cayuga Community College and National Grid, other Salute Sponsors are Alliance Bank, City of Fulton, Fulton CDA, Oswego Health, Pathfinder Bank, Johnston’s Propane Service, OCO Public Transportation and VFW Post 569.
For more Memorial Day Salute information, visit www.fultonmemorialdaysalute.com