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Memorial Day 2024


While everyone can enjoy what's been called the kickoff for summer with travel, picnics, and event, our Veterans Community will pause this Monday, May 27, for a more somber reason. Memorial Day is the time we honor and pay respects to those of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice in protection of our nation’s freedoms. There are some lost during times of war; others away from conflict zones but lost in training and other service-related accidents. There are others who succumbed to the invisible scars of their service. And many others who passed away long after their military service but also are to be remembered. All of their families are part of that sacrifice and keep their memories close to heart.

Flags will adorn the graves of these late Military Service Members and Veterans in cemeteries across Tompkins County. Ceremonies will take place at war memorials, cemeteries, and other places to pay homage to the collective memories of our service members who are no longer here. 

The Tompkins County Legislature issued a proclamation for Memorial Day. For those who also want to pay tribute this Memorial Day, below is a list of events taking place across Tompkins County, as reported to the County’s Department of Veterans Services. 

All gave some. Some gave all. We must never forget. 

Respectfully,  J.R. Clairborne Founding Director Tompkins County Department of Veterans Services


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 Memorial Day Around Tompkins County

Friday, May 24

1430 hrs/2:30p

  • Flag placement                                                                                  Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfield

  • Ribbon Cutting Celebration                                                         Veterans Memorial Park, Newfield

27 de mayo de 2024 



  • Memorial Day Service and Flower Placement                            Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfield



  • Dryden Memorial Day Parade & Service                                       Parade Route on Main Street, Dryden
     - with American Legion Post 1134                                                 Service on the Village Green, Dryden





Outside of Tompkins County

Schuyler County:

  • Service at Shequaga Falls                                                                 Montour Falls, NY
    Keynote speaker: Schuyler County Sheriff Kevin Rumsey (USMC)



Thursday, May 30, 2024
Honoring Decoration Day, the predecessor of Memorial Day