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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Join the May 26 Memorial Day parade in Saratoga Springs

Everyone knows that Memorial Day is a Monday near the end of May. But the day to commemorate it with a parade in Saratoga Springs is the prior Wednesday -- this year, May 26.

American Legion Post 70 is organizing the parade and looking for marchers. I'm trying to help get the word out.

This is not the long, sparkly marching band parade we've gotten used to having in Saratoga Springs near Flag Day, courtesy of the Elks. This is a simpler, somewhat more serious and shorter gathering that works its way down from North Broadway to Congress Park, where it ends with a service memorializing American veterans.

The event will support the establishment of the Guardian House, which will be the only shelter for homeless women veterans in the state. The community is being asked to support the effort by buying a Guardian House T-shirt for $10 from either the American Legion on West Avenue (call 587-0236) or the VFW on Excelsior Avenue (call 584-9686).

Meanwhile, organizations interesting in joining the parade should call Jim Coyne or Judy Boyce at 584-4737.


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