Supervisor Bill Reilich, in conjunction with the American Legion Post 468 and Cmdr. George Dadson Jr., hosted the 2019 Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony. This annual event is free and open to the public.
The day started with a remembrance ceremony hosted by Post 468. The parade kicked off at noon and featured the Greece Post 468 Color Guard; local Legion posts and veteran groups; Rochester Honor Flight; Reilich, the town board and elected officials; Boy, Girl and Cub Scout troops; fire, police and ambulance departments; the Greece Athena Marching Band; the Taekwondo School; Dependable Medical Transportation; and the Rochester Street Machines.
The town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony followed at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion. During the ceremony, Reilich and Dadson gave remarks in memory of those who served the U.S. and paid the ultimate price.
Reilich recognized all in the crowd who have their names engraved on the Gary Beikirch Veterans Memorial Wall. Attendees had the opportunity to visit the wall on the east side of Town Hall to view 13 new veteran names that were recently inscribed.
Conflict names were read in remembrance of those who lost their lives serving the U.S. Those reading names were Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, R-134th District; state Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th District; council members Mike Barry, Diana Christodaro, Josh Jensen and Bill Murphy; and Andrew Conlon, receiver of taxes.
Marisa DeMario performed “America the Beautiful” as the Color Guard performed the presentation of colors, laying of wreaths and gun salute. The day ended with a luncheon hosted by Post 468 at 344 Dorsey Road.
“Since the dedication of our Veterans Memorial Wall on May 31, 1999, we have added thousands of names,” Reilich said. “The town of Greece is honored to have so many brave men and women who have fought for our freedom and our great nation. It is my privilege to pay tribute to all Greece residents, and all of our military men and women throughout our country, who so selflessly served our nation.”