ITHACA, N.Y. — Across Tompkins County this Memorial Day, there will be parades, services and community events to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29.



The Tompkins County Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Dewitt Park in Ithaca.

Historic Ithaca will host its annual Memorial Day Ithaca City Cemetery clean-up where supervisors will be on-site to teach proper stone cleaning methods and how to treat headstones respectfully. Drinking water will be provided, and the event will take place rain or shine. An orientation will begin at 9 a.m. and is followed by work projects suitable for any age or skill level. Volunteers are asked to meet at the downhill entrance of the cemetery and wear closed-toe shoes and old clothes. Also bring gardening gloves if possible. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.


The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the American Legion, 4431 Seneca Road, and continue on to St. James Cemetery. There will be a ceremony following the parade.


The Memorial Day Parade in Dryden will begin at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service on the village green will be held at 11 a.m. At noon, there will be a free luncheon, though donations appreciated, at the Dryden Veterans of Foreign Wars, at 2272 Dryden Rd.


Newfield’s Memorial Day services and parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Newfield High School. There will be an indoor service with guest speaker Blake Allen in the auditorium. A parade will follow at 11:15 a.m. from the school to the Woodlawn Cemetery, where there will be a short ceremony.


Memorial Day services will begin at the Graves Memorial at 9 a.m. on Main Street.

The American Legion Post 800 will then host services at the following locations and times: 9:15 a.m. Bird Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. North Lansing Cemetery; 9:45 a.m. West Groton Rural Cemetery, 10 a.m. Peruville Cemetery; 10:15 a.m. Stonehedges Golf Course; 11 a.m. McLean Cemetery; 11:15 a.m. East Groton Cemetery (Route 222); 11:30 a.m. St. Anthony’s Cemetery; 11:45 a.m. Groton Rural Cemetery; noon Groton Nursing Home; 12:15 p.m. back at Groton American Legion.


Note that Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit will not be operating on Monday.

Both the Department of Recycling & Materials Management and the Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed Monday. There will be no curbside recycling collection and recycling pick-up will be one day later for the rest of the holiday week.

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