Pawling Prepares for Memorial Day Parade

by Tom Walogorsky | Staff Writer

On Monday, May 29, the Town of Pawling will honor our veterans with the annual American Legion Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance program.

American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215 is proud to announce that they will be sponsoring the town’s Memorial Day celebration. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m., as parade participants will gather in front of Utter Brothers Feed Supply on Memorial Drive just across from the Metro North train station. In addition to local servicemen and women, there will be representatives from local chapters of Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Brownies, as well as the Pawling Volunteer Fire Department. In all, more than one hundred participants are expected to march. The Pawling High School Band will provide music for the event.

The parade route will span from Memorial Drive to Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the Village Green. Once the procession arrives at the green, a ceremony of remembrance will be held for our fallen veterans. The three stone monuments at the plaza on Charles Colman Boulevard display epitaphs remembering Pawling veterans lost in the Civil War and World War I. As part of the ceremony, members of the Legion will also read the names of 17 servicemen from the Town of Pawling who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Hasler-Kamp Post #215 is led by Commander Lou Musella, a veteran of the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of E-5, second class petty officer. On active duty from 1964 – 1968, Musella then served two years in the Naval Reserve. He is proud that the Pawling American Legion Post can play a vital role on this important day of remembrance and community. “Hasler-Kamp certainly appreciates all the help and support that the Town and Village of Pawling give us throughout the year,” Commander Musella says. “We look forward to seeing everyone on the 29th.”

The annual Memorial Day Parade hosted by the Pawling Chapter of the American Legion is an enduring tradition that brings the Greater Pawling community together to honor those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country. This year’s parade will take place on Monday, May 29. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. | PHOTO BY SHARON BOO