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Veterans brave the rain to prepare for Memorial Day services

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Through rain and cold temperatures, veterans pruned and planted flowers Friday at the Ogdensburgh Cemetery Veterans Plot in preparation for the city’s Memorial Day services on Monday.

U.S. flags were placed on every one of the 2,000 veterans graves buried in the city.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s necessary and important work,” veteran and organizer Allan Mooney said.

Over 400 gravesites in Ogdensburgh Cemetery are owned by the Ogdensburg Veterans Association. Last year, a project was started to restore the marble gravestones. An entrance was also created by moving a monument and flag pole to the front of the plot.

Volunteer Jerry G. Peo said there are still stones that will need to be repaired this year.

“We are progressing, and it’s a start, but we still have a long way to go until we’re finished,” Mr. Peo said.

Memorial Day services will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony on the St. Lawrence River. With the help of the city’s rescue squad, leaders from local veterans’ organizations will travel out to the middle of the river to say prayers and lay a biodegradable wreath for soldiers lost at sea.

At 9 a.m. Cindy Berry, the widow of Vietnam veteran and former Ogdensburg school superintendent Maurice “Hal” Berry, will dedicate a bench at the Vietnam Memorial Monument. The monument is located along the perimeter of the Ogdensburg Mall parking lot. Jeremiah “Pete” Havens will the lead the service in prayer.

A parade will begin from Library Park at 10 a.m. and travel to the Ogdensburgh Cemetery Veterans Plot, where a wreath laying ceremony will be held.

Following the ceremony, a free soup and sandwich luncheon will be hosted by Amvets Post 19.

In the case of rain, the paparade will be canceled and the ceremony will be held at the Amvets post.

Heuvelton’s Memorial Day services will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Services will then proceed at Pine Hill Cemetery. Lunch will be held at the Amvets Post 1997 in Heuvelton following the services.

Lisbon’s Memorial Day services will be held at 6 p.m., with a parade proceeding from Lisbon Central School to the American Legion.

Morristown’s Memorial Day services will be held at 10 a.m. in Chapman Park. Refreshments will be provided by the ladies auxiliary at the fire station following the service.

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