This year’s Memorial Day Salute in Fulton is set for May 24.
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Show Your Gratitude to Veterans.” Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade May 24.
The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 33 years old this year, started and carried on by the four service clubs in Fulton .
The present service clubs working on this year’s event are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sunrise Rotary. The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans’ Council in promoting and putting on this event.
In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees — now disbanded — were participants. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.
During the last century, the United States has participated in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
All in all, more than 625,000 Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.
The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday.
In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a “Veteran of the Year.” This person is the grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is Jim Weinhold.
The Fulton parade is the largest in the county, with more than 100 units and many bands. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.
After the parade at about noon, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park.
On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premiere Top 40 country music band. The Brass Exchange, Marching Bands from the parade, and the CNY Arts Center Youth Performers will also take the stage in the afternoon.
There will be rides, lots of food, and of course, the ever-popular fireworks display on Saturday evening, with a rain date on Sunday evening.
The Memorial Day Salute event is designed for family fun and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend. All events are free.