Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, it was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Town of Rochester's 2008 Memorial Day parade — organized by the Kerhonkson-Accord Chamber of Commerce — was a huge success. A record number of Rochesterites brought their families to watch the procession of floats, high school band, vintage cars, trucks, horses, and even a clown or two. The parade ended with a Memorial Service, followed by celebration at the Rochester Town Park.
Among the participants and watchers there were many elected officials: State Senator John Bonacic, County Legislators Sue Cummings and Mary Sheeley, Town of Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman, Councilwomen Lynn Archer and Manuela Michailescu, Councilman Tavi Cilenti, Town Justice Al Babcock, Highway Superintendent Wayne Kelder, and Town Clerk Veronica Sommer.