December 2, 2021

A time to pay tribute

Memorial Day ceremonies, events to honor the fallen

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Flags marking war veterans fly on Thursday at Willow Glen Cemetery in Dryden. Visiting grave sites of veterans who have died is one way people commemorate Memorial Day, according to Frank Heine, the commander of American Legion Post 800 in Groton.

A year after the pandemic canceled most Memorial Day ceremonies, they will return to Cortland County this year.

A parade is planned in Homer, a gathering in Cortland and ceremonies are elsewhere across the greater Cortland County area.

Families of people who died in war may also privately commemorate the day by visiting those relatives at the cemeteries where they’re buried, said Frank Heine, the commander of American Legion Post 800 in Groton.

“It really is to honor the people from wars past,” he said.

Memorial Day events

  • Cortland: 11 a.m. outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Tioughnioga Post 2354, 76 Main St.
  • Homer: 9 a.m. parade from North Main Street to Route 90 to Glenwood Cemetery, ceremony following.
  • Cincinnatus: Visits at the following cemeteries: 8 a.m. German Cemetery; 8:30, Willet Cemetery; 9, Lower Cincinnatus Cemetery; 9:15, Cincinnatus village green; 9:30, Cincinnatus Cemetery; 10, Taylor Cemetery; 10:30, Pitcher Cemetery; 11, Pharsalia Center Cemetery.
  • Groton: Visits at the following locations: 9 a.m. Graves Memorial; 9:15 Bird Cemetery; 9:30 North Lansing Cemetery; 9:45 West Groton Rural Cemetery; 10 Peruville Cemetery; 10:15 Stonehedges Golf Course Cemetery; 11 McLean Cemetery; 11:15 East Groton Cemetery; 11:30 St. Anthony’s Cemetery; 11:45 Groton Rural Cemetery; 12 Groton Nursing Home; 12:15 Groton American Legion


For some, Memorial Day weekend may mean hitting the road for a vacation.

This weekend, travel is expected to pick up again after being down in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the American Automobile Association.

“This year, AAA expects more than 37 million people to travel more than 50 miles for Memorial Day, from May 27 through May 31,” according to a news release from the association. “That’s an increase of 60% from last year, and numbers are only down 13% from 2019.”

Those traveling as well should expect a greater police presence around the county as the weekend is a key enforcement weekend for cracking down on drivers while intoxicated, according to STOP-DWI, an organization that coordinates with law enforcement to reduce the number of people killed who are under the influence while driving.


For others, staying home to celebrate the holiday weekend may mean opening up the grill for hot dogs and hamburgers.

That might be best done on Sunday or Monday.

The forecast Saturday calls for showers carrying over from Friday and high temperatures in the lower 50s, said Bryan Greenblatt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Binghamton office.

Sunday and Monday will be warmer with skies clearing Sunday and high temperatures in the lower 60s and mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid 60s Monday, he said.

For those staying home, grills outside should not be left unattended and children and animals should be kept away from them, according to the American Safety Council. Grills should also be away from trees and structures and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.

However the holiday weekend is celebrated, Heine said people should remember what Memorial Day is all about.

“To remember the sacrifices others make so we can live in the county we live in and to have the freedoms that we have,” he said.