JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – From police crackdowns, a plethora of traveling, and multiple events lined up. A lot is going on in Chautauqua County for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend.
Festivities kick off with the Blue Star Mothers, holding their annual Gold Star Memorial Remembrance at 10 a.m. Saturday, honoring all that are serving and have served.
The City of Jamestown and the City of Dunkirk will hold their memorial day parades on Monday May 29, at Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk and Jamestown’s will be on Fourth Street to Prendergast Avenue concluding at lakeview cemetery.
Following the Jamestown parade, the Blue Star Moms will hold a service in Soldiers Circle.
This is the first time in three years a ceremony is taking place at the cemetery, and the first time the Blue Star Moms are hosting it. This year, they plan to focus on Vietnam veterans and everything they have gone through.
Most importantly for Memorial day, both the Blue Star Moms and Jamestown lawmakers say it is a holiday of remembrance, not a celebration.
“We have probably the most patriotic community I have ever seen and we are so well supported by all of the people in the community and we get a lot of participation that day. We have a couple hundred here. By the way, bring your lawn chairs when you come because there isn’t always enough seating for everybody,” said vice president Kathy Collver.
“We’re hoping it’s at least this beautiful, but you never know,” explained president of Blue Star Mothers Susan Rowley. “We’re looking forward to another year of honoring and remembering our heroes.”
This Memorial Day weekend, tens-of-millions of Americans are expected to be traveling. At least that’s according to Triple-A. Travel should be the busiest since the COVID-19 pandemic.
State police also say they are also going to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this weekend.
In addition most municipal services will be closed on the holiday, make sure to check which services will be closed or delayed due to the federal holiday.