Congressman Bill Owens will speak in AuSable Forks today during the Memorial Day Service at 11am in VeteransPark. In addition, the service will include comments from retired Colonel of the Honor Flight program. Jay Supervisor Randy Preston will be Master of Ceremonies. A luncheon reception will follow at American Legion Post 504, McCrea St. in AuSable Forks. The Rain location for the service is the Town of Jay Community Center, on School Lane in AuSable Forks.
“Memorial Day reminds us to reflect on the brave men and women who have given their lives protecting our country,” Owens said. “Many of these heroes have come from communities in northern New York, and we owe them a debt that can never fully be repaid. I urge everyone to find time on this day to ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten.”
In 1866, Waterloo, NY established the annual tradition of lowering its flags to half-mast to honor soldiers killed in combat. A century later, on March 7, 1966, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed a proclamation declaring Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Congress soon passed Concurrent Resolution 587 and on May 26, 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an official Presidential Proclamation recognizing Waterloo as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as a national holiday by passing The National Holiday Act of 1971.