Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, in conjunction with Greece American Legion Post Number 468, hosted the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 31, 2021. We were honored to name our first ever Grand Marshal, Gary Beikirch.
The Memorial Day Parade kicked off at 11:00am and featured such participants as Greece Post 468 Color Guard, local legion posts and veteran groups, Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board, scout troops, community service departments, musical bands, and many more patriotic participants.
Following the parade was the Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Campus Pavilion. During the Ceremony, Supervisor Bill Reilich and American Legion Post Number 468 incoming Commander Ed Wawrzaszek gave remarks in memory of those who served our country and paid the ultimate price. Supervisor Reilich also recognized all in the crowd who have had their names engraved on the Gary Beikirch Veterans Memorial Wall this year. This year, Gary Beikirch, who the Town of Greece Veteran Memorial Wall is named after, joined us for both the parade and ceremony. All in attendance had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Memorial Wall, located on the east side of Greece Town Hall, where 8 new veteran names were inscribed this year. Conflict names were read in remembrance of those who lost their lives serving our country. Those reading conflict names were Assemblyman Joshua Jensen, Councilman Mike Barry, Councilman Bill Murphy, Councilman Mike Bloomer, Councilwoman Diana Christodaro, and Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon. Singers and a trumpeter performed beautiful renditions of patriotic songs and Greece Post 468 Color Guard performed the Presentation of Colors and the Laying of Wreaths and Gun Salute. The ceremony concluded with a fireworks display in honor of the day.
“Since the dedication of our Veteran’s Memorial Wall on May 31, 1999, we have added thousands of names to the wall” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “The Town of Greece is honored to have so many brave men and women who have fought for our freedom and our great Nation. It is my privilege to pay tribute to all Greece residents, and all of our military men and women throughout our country, who so selflessly served our nation.
“This Memorial Day drew the largest gathering I have seen in my time as Supervisor of the Town of Greece. We were humbled by the outpouring of support for our veterans and our decision to host the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. We listened to the voices in our community and worked tirelessly to bring back this event that pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We were honored to bring back the activities of this day, which we were forced to hold remotely last year. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate and honor this solemn day” said Supervisor Reilich.