By CAROLINE MURRAY
For the Express
BROADALBIN — New York City resident Heath Kane was overcome by nostalgia Monday at the village’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
Kane said it was his first time witnessing the parade since he left the area 20 years ago and looked forward to the ceremony at the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery — where his grandfather is buried.
“I am trying to remember what the ceremony is like,” Kane said. “I am trying to relive that.”
He said his grandfather passed away early and his family would visit his stone every year after the Memorial Day ceremony.
On Monday, he sat beside his sister Stephanie Wilcox and son Patrick Heath, who admired the fire trucks as they passed by.
The parade started at 9:30 a.m. on School Street and ended at the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery for a memorial service.
The American Legion Post 337 Color Guard and Firing Squad led the parade, followed by Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Department, Perth Volunteer Fire Department, Broadalbin-Perth High School Marching Band, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8690, American Legion Post 337, and the Ladies Auxiliary.
The Girl Scout Troop of North Eastern New York Service Unit 204 and Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops 51 were also seen parading throughout the village.
Broadalbin resident Joan Krohn walked side by side with her pony Cheesecake, who is training for a therapeutic animal service known as animal assistance. Krohn said Monday’s parade was practice for Cheesecake and also an opportunity for children to enjoy the animals.
“We participate every year,” Krohn said. “It is fun for the kids.”
Master of ceremonies and VFW Post 8690 Commander Art Armstrong facilitated the ceremony at the cemetery.
He stood on a platform surrounded by other officials including Mayor Eugene Christopher, town Supervisor Thomas Christopher and the day’s guest speaker, U.S. Air Force Sgt. Chelsey Martin.
At the memorial, B-P High School senior and salutatorian Ryan Charland and B-P Middle School student Zach Armstrong recited “In Flanders Field.”
Broadalbin Boy Scout Steven Rinkunis read the Gettysburg Address and VFW Post 8690 member Mike Cadoret read an invocation to a crowd consisting of war veterans, residents, students and children.
Among the audience was American Legion Post 337 Color Guard members Jim Eglin and Emil Klymkow.
They said the post has been a part of the parade and ceremony since 2009.
“It is an honor to veterans and for ones who have passed,” Eglin said.