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Mayor Rolison’s Statement Regarding Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day Weekend, towns, villages and cities across the mid-Hudson Valley and the rest of the United States will hold ceremonies, parades and tributes honoring our fallen veterans. It is, indeed, hoped the country has learned the importance of remembering and paying their due respects.

Originally called “Decoration Day,” the observance began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

This weekend, we remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our country’s wars. It will be a time of somber ceremonies and reflections, of gratitude and remembrances.

On Sunday, City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion Lafayette Post 37 will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at Soldiers Fountain on South Avenue at 3 p.m. Later that day, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park will continue its tradition of a sunset tribute by illuminating the Walkway and conducting a Memorial Day Flag Changing Ceremony. That event begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues to 10:15 p.m.

We wish all a safe and peaceful holiday weekend.