It may be called "the unofficial start of summer," but Memorial Day is meant to be a solemn day of remembrance to honor those who died while defending this great nation. There are parades, ceremonies and events planned throughout Dutchess County for Memorial Day weekend, including these events scheduled in Hyde Park:
Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Witness history come to life as the Great Lawn in front of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum takes on the appearance of a World War II bivouac with WWII military displays and period military vehicles of all sizes, along with soldiers in battle dress on hand to share their love of World War II history. Free public event. For details, click here.
Saturday through Monday, May 28, 29 and 30
The Hyde Park Education Foundation will host a “Field of Honor” flag display at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. Hundreds of American flags will fly in an inspiring, patriotic display. Free to the public, this event will be the Hyde Park Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser. There will be an hour-long opening ceremony Saturday morning at 10 a.m. There will be fun family activities all weekend, including live, local entertainment, story walks and a kids tent with crafts and games. The kids tent will have activities on knot-tying, nature and gardening, among others. The main stage will feature musical acts throughout the weekend, including contemporary music, 60s and 70s music, Irish music, folk and bluegrass music and performers from FDR High School. Sponsor a flag to honor anyone who has touched your life, such as family members, friends, teachers, community volunteers, veterans, active military and service people. The 3-foot-by-5-foot American-made flag will fly on an 8-foot flagpole. When the event has ended, sponsors may keep their flags or donate them for use in next year's display. Flags are sponsored by one-time donations of $20 or more. Dedicate and purchase a flag to take home for $45 or more. For details, click here.
Monday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon
There will be a parade and ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon between Town Hall and the Hyde Park War Memorial, hosted by the Hyde Park and Recreation Department and Hyde Park American Legion Post 1303.