MASSENA - Scores of veterans who have fought admirably to defend the pride of this country will be honored Monday in St. Lawrence County for 2014s edition of Memorial Day.
Communities across St. Lawrence County will present parades and ceremonies to close the long weekend.
Massenas Memorial Day commemoration will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a parade that begins at Sacred Heart Church and travels through downtown, left onto Andrews Street and to Veterans Memorial Park. The parade lines up at 11 a.m.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143 Commander Vern Drew Jr. said organizations participating in the parade include the American Legion, Amvets, Marine Corps League, Korean War Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans, VFW, Massena Rescue Squad, Massena Fire department, Elks, Border Patrol, bands from Trinity Catholic School and Massena High School, local Cub Scouts and the 11th Artillery Civil War Reenactment Unit.
A ceremony follows the parade at Veterans Memorial Park. A buffet will follow at the VFW.
Ogdensburg will hold a parade and ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. in front of Library Park. The parade will proceed up State Street to the Ogdensburgh Cemetery Veterans Plot, where a remembrance ceremony will be held. In the case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Amvets Post 19.
Veterans will also be throwing out a biodegradable wreath in to the St. Lawrence River to honor servicemen and women lost at sea.
A soup and sandwich luncheon will follow the remembrance ceremony at the Amvets post.
The Potsdam Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m. with lineup scheduled for 8:15 a.m. at the Potsdam Central School parking lot.
The route takes participants from Leroy Street to Cottage Street, left onto Main Street. It concludes in Ives Park, where a ceremony will be held.
The event will include the fire and police departments, rescue squad, boy scouts and the high schools marching band.
A barbecue will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Potsdam VFW, 95 Market St.
A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Norfolk American Legion before heading down Main Street. There will be a brief ceremony at the Legions park before the crew meets up in Norwood to continue the morning.
The Norwood parade will start at 11 a.m., but will offer a float for elderly veterans and others who are unable to walk leaving the Norwood American Legion at 10:30 a.m.
The area rifle squad will perform a wreath dedication, prayer and salute at the Spring Street Bridge. A ceremony follows in the municipal park. Both the Norwood-Norfolk High School band and the Norwood Brass Firemen will perform. A luncheon will follow at the Legion post.
Here is a look at other ceremonies around the county:
■ Lineup for Cantons Memorial Day parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Army Reserve Center on West Street, with the official march beginning at 10.
■ The Tri-Town event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Winthrop Cemetery. There will be services at the Fairview Cemetery in Brasher Falls at 9:20 a.m., Veterans Park in Lawrenceville at 10 a.m., St. Lawrence Cemetery at 10:20 a.m., and St. Patricks Cemetery at 11 a.m.
Services at the Lawrencevill-Brasher-Stockholm-Hopkinton Senior Housing will continue at 11:30 a.m. with a ceremony at the Brasher Falls Main Street Bridge at noon. The final destination is the American Legion Post 514 at 12:30 p.m., 75 Route 11C.
■ Coltons Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School. When that march concludes, it will continue through South Colton beginning at 11:30 a.m.
■ Memorial Day services in Morristown will be held at 10 a.m. beginning at Chapman Village Park. Refreshments will be provided at the fire hall by the Ladies Auxiliary after the service.
■ A Memorial Day parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. from Lisbon Central School and proceed up to the American Legion, where several speakers will lead a service.
■ A Memorial Day parade will begin at Island View Park in Waddington and proceed to the American Legion beginning at 9 a.m.
■ A Memorial Day parade will begin in Madrid at 10:30 a.m. from Main Street and will proceed to the library.