Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Christian Farrell, Director of the Veterans Service Agency (VSA), have announced that the County’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery will host Memorial Day events on Tuesday, May 21st, Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28.
The 19-acre Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 111 Craigville Road in Goshen.
“We are proud to host these important Memorial Day remembrances, which give us an opportunity to join together in paying tribute to the servicemen and women who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms,” Neuhaus said. “As Memorial Day approaches, I ask that you take time with your family and friends to remember the sacrifices of the fallen. ”
The cemetery will host a Memorial Day prayer service at 10:00 a.m. on May 24. It will include the reading of the names of several local servicemen and women who have passed, a moment of silence and then the sounding of Taps.
“According to the County’s VSA, 832 Orange County residents have died serving our country in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the post-911 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country. In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. A ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans in Waterloo, NY who had fought in the Civil War.
For more information about the Memorial Day Veterans Cemetery events, call the VSA office at 845-291-2470.