The red, white and blue of the American flag will once again blanket the North Fork on Monday, May 30, as local parades and ceremonies are held in observance of Memorial Day.
Below is a list of local celebratory events:
• Riverhead Town will hold its annual combined veterans parade at 10 a.m. Monday. It will start at the World War II memorial at the corner of Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue and then travel down Main Street, returning to the memorial for a ceremony around 11 a.m.
• Wading River Cemetery will conduct a flag-placing ceremony on the graves of veterans Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m.
• Calverton National Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day program at 1 p.m. Monday in its assembly area.
• Peconic Bay Medical Center’s gift shop will sell American flags until Thursday, May 26. At noon on Friday, May 27, a memorial ceremony will take place near PBMC’s front entrance.
• The annual Southold Town parade will be held in Greenport this year. It will begin with a 10 a.m. ceremony Monday at Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of First Street and Main Road. The parade will follow immediately afterward.
• Greenport’s annual Memorial Day dock service will take place at 8 a.m. Monday at the railroad dock.
• Mattituck Fire Department will conduct a ceremony at the Pike Street war memorial at 8 a.m. Monday. A parade will follow, traveling through the Love Lane business district and ending at the firehouse.
• A parade in Orient will begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday, leaving the firehouse en route to Village Lane and stopping at all the hamlet’s monuments before circling back to the firehouse for refreshments.
• Over 300 handmade poppies were “planted” this past Sunday by the Southold American Legion Auxiliary unit on its front lawn in honor of living and deceased veterans. Each poppy is personalized to honor an individual veteran for his or her service. The field will be “in bloom” through Sunday, June 5. Those who made donations may stop by between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, to pick up poppies to take home.
Compiled by Nicole Smith and Sara Schabe
Photo: A field of poppies was ‘planted’ Sunday afternoon by members of the Southold American Legion Auxiliary as a tribute to veterans. The poppies will be on view for Memorial Day weekend and through June 5. (Credit: Lucas Kosmynka)