Fulton Service Clubs Memorial Day Salute

Dear Friends,
We owe our veterans so much! The members of Fulton’s four service clubs fully understand this statement. Many years ago, the four Fulton service clubs began a community project that would honor our nation’s veterans and bring joy to the citizens and children of the city of Fulton and the surrounding area. This year marks the 36th year of combined energy and effort of the Fulton Noon Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis, and Lions Club. Plans are well under way for another wonderful Memorial Day event on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
The service clubs have been very successful in making this event one that Fulton can be most proud of. We boast the largest parade in New York State on Memorial Day Weekend, along with fireworks, rides, and continuous music and entertainment, with locally and nationally known musical groups. Our theme for the 2017 event is “Stars & Stripes Forever” and we will be honoring the “Veteran of the Year,” Larry Macner, chosen by Fulton’s Veterans Council. Best of all, this is free to one and all!
The service clubs cannot do this alone. We are supported by the generosity of small business owners, larger businesses and corporations who donate funds to offset the costs of the weekend, including the parade, entertainment, and fireworks. Whether you are a professional or a business owner, you are connected to the people of the Greater Fulton area. We would like to give you a chance to show that your business cares about them and our veterans. Your generous giving is a win-win situation, as along with making so many families happy, you will also receive much publicity. When you sponsor any portion of the weekend, you will be featured on our website and in our newspaper insert that is distributed to over 22,000 homes in the greater Fulton­Oswego area. Your advertisement will help your business while supporting this tremendous effort of the service clubs for the community.
The Fulton service clubs need your help to accomplish these huge weekend activities. Enclosed is a sponsor form that outlines the levels of giving along with the benefits to your business. Please take the time to review it, note your preference on the form and return it with your ad order today. Check out our website: www. l’ultonm morialda saJutc.corn. Your donation is tax deductible as we are a 50lc3 non-profit organization. If you have questions, please call me, Larry Macner at 315-427-4710 or Doug Stevens 315-297-6341.

We thank you for your support and we will recognize your efforts in every way we can.

Doug Stevens
20 l 7 Chairman of the Corporation

Fulton Memorial Day Salute Poster Contest 2016

The 35TH Annual Memorial Day Salute Committee recently announced the winners of the Poster Contest held to create a patriotic poster in keeping with “Support Our Veterans”. Taking first place as the winner of this year’s poster contest is Madison Washburn., with second place going to Nora Kingsbury . Taking third place is Shaylee Cealie. Pictured from left are Art Instructor Meredith Williams, Washburn, Kingsbury, Cealie and Art Instructor Jaclyn Tyler. The winners are art students at G Ray Bodley High School. All the posters submitted for consideration will be displayed at the event being held this year on May 28th at the Fulton Community Center.

Sunrise Rotary

The early birds of Sunrise Rotary get their Fridays off to a fun, friendly start every week. Meeting at Mimi’s at 7 AM is a surefire way to get the juices flowing and interest growing.
The club has maintained its ongoing service to the community with projects the members have developed over the thirteen plus years the club has been chartered through Rotary.
The Michaud Nursing home monthly activities include the favorite bingo and ice cream night and Christmas caroling. The club continues to sponsor Youth Exchange students both coming to Fulton and going out to various countries. Members also welcome adult Group Study Exchange teams, in which non-Rotarian young professionals are sent on a month long travel and study opportunity. Other international efforts include assisting with a Shelter Box, which provides shelter and cooking utensils for ten people in a disaster area, Books for the World and providing clean water with the Honduras Water Filter Project and Water for Sudan Project. The annual scholarship helps support a Fulton high school graduate’s studies at a two-year or vocational school. The club assists the Salvation Army at Christmas with the Kettle Drive and provides a dictionary to every third grade student in the Phoenix schools with the annual Dictionary Project.
Some of the other community programs supported this year include the Fulton YMCA, OCO Bowl-A-Thon, Catholic Charities, the Red Cross, Oswego County Literacy Volunteers, All Saints Church Community Dinners, United Way, Hurricane Sandy, ARC of Oswego County, Fulton Public Library, the Polish Home, CNY Arts Center, Mayberry Day which is a clean-up of sections of our City, and the Blizzard Bag Program for OCO where bags are filled with food and drinks that can be consumed by the participants of the Meal Program when inclement weather makes regular delivery impossible.
The group conducts several fundraisers to support their community service including the Memorial Day Salute, an Italian dinner, a pork barbecue dinner and an annual Golf Tournament.
Sunrise Rotary Club of Fulton invites anyone interested in finding out more about the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club to contact Ro Kemmis at 592-4486 or Patrick Waite at 592-4641 and be a guest at our meeting held at 7 AM each Friday at Mimi’s in Fulton.

Front Row, left to right: Donna Kestner. Peggy Donnelly, Dennis Goss, Linda Rossiter, Carol Vescio Back Row, left to right: Dan Farfaglia, Doug Stevens, Jean Cieszeski , Ellen Nowyj, Patrick Waite, Chad Whelsky, LaVerne DeLand and Dave Bullard. NOT PICTURED: Ro Kemmis, Ed Garrow, Betty Maute, Mike DeLorme, Sylvia Langdon, Tess Kenney, Abby Wiertzema, Linda Eagan, Cindy Garrett, Jason Santiago and Mary Costigan.
Front Row, left to right: Donna Kestner. Peggy Donnelly, Dennis Goss, Linda Rossiter, Carol Vescio
Back Row, left to right: Dan Farfaglia, Doug Stevens, Jean Cieszeski , Ellen Nowyj, Patrick Waite, Chad Whelsky, LaVerne DeLand and Dave Bullard.
NOT PICTURED: Ro Kemmis, Ed Garrow, Betty Maute, Mike DeLorme, Sylvia Langdon, Tess Kenney, Abby Wiertzema, Linda Eagan, Cindy Garrett, Jason Santiago and Mary Costigan.

Alan C. Deline 2016 Veteran of the Year

image4Each Fall, the Fulton Veteran’s Council chooses a Veteran of the Year from among the membership of several Fulton veteran’s organizations. For 2016, Alan C. Deline, left, was named Veteran of the Year and is seen with Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward. Deline served in the Marine Corps Reserve and the Army. Deline will be the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Salute Parade on May 28th. The parade is sponsored by Pathfinder Bank, the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Service Clubs, in cooperation with the Fulton Veteran’s Council.

35th Annual Memorial Day Salute

The Memorial Day Salute is a full day event that was created and is now carried on by representatives of the four Fulton service clubs: Noon Rotary, Sunrise Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions. The service clubs are assisted by the Fulton Veterans Council. Pictured are the presidents of the service clubs and the Veteran of the Year. From left are: Angelo Caltabiano, Kiwanis; Bridgette Seguin, Noon Rotary; Veteran of the Year Alan Deline; Betty Maute, Sunrise Rotary and Paul Foster, Lions Club. Absent from photo is Larry Macner, MDS Chair. This year the 35th Annual Memorial Day Salute will be held May 28th.

Parade Entry Letter Event: Fulton Memorial Day Salute Parade

Dear Parade Supporter,,

This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 10:00 AM. The Parade Committee
is seeking floats and/or special attractions highlighting this year’s theme. Please complete this 2
page entry application and return as soon as possible. You must include a detailed description of
your organization and your intended entry for the Parade. If you have any questions, please email
us at chris@cre8-studios.com. You will be contacted the week of the parade with your line-up
location. All participants must arrive at the staging area no later than 9am.

Cre8 StudiosDate: May 27th, 2017  Times: 10am Start – 1pm Location: Fulton, NY

Down Load Float Application – Memorial Day Salute Here

MOTORIZED VEHICLES– Must be a street legal vehicle no taller than the streetlights (14 feet maximum) and must be operated
by a licensed driver. Passengers are not allowed to enter or exit vehicles/ floats while moving. Participants riding any type of
motorcycle, 4 wheeler or bike are required to wear proper helmets. Fire Extinguishers are required to be on open floats.
DESIGN/ DECORATIONS/ ENTERTAINMENT VALUE– All decorations should adhere to the parade theme or default
requirements and strive for full entertainment value for the crowd. Float materials should be securely fastened to the float.
Walking groups should have a large banner or banners leading the group. Non identifiable entries will not be permitted to enter in
to the parade.
THEME – All floats must show the parade theme “Support our Veterans”. Include a written description or sketch with your
application. By default, any float unable to comply or fit within the parade theme must prominently display American Flags,
Banners, Balloons.
IN ROUTE PERFORMANCES – it is NOT OK to do a short performance along the parade route unless the parade has stopped.
Once the parade is moving you must immediately resume moving forward again. You must not hold up the parade or allow the
group in front of you to get more than a light pole ahead (35 ft).
JUDGES PERFORMANCE AREA – This area will be marked in colored spray chalk and identified in advance. Non performing
groups are encouraged to do final waves while passing through and exiting. National colors should be dipped in this area along
with the execution of any gun salutes. Marching Bands have a maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds to perform before immediately
exiting. (See Highschool/ Collegiate Competition Rules)
HEAT EXHAUSTION – To prevent heat exhaustion, please bring plenty of water, sunscreen and shade.
MUSIC – Music on floats must be kept low enough so it can be heard by viewers in the immediate area only. Any music
interfering with other floats or bands will be asked to lower the volume.
THROW-OUTS – Items CAN NOT be thrown from floats or any vehicles. We do however encourage having Walkers if items are
given away. Walkers must travel along the side of the road and distribute curbside. No items are to be thrown in to the street.
WATER GUNS OR SPRAYING – Please use caution when spraying water. Only people who request it and not near infants.
OTHER – No smoking on floats or parade vehicles – No open flames or combustibles – Alcoholic beverages are forbidden on any
float or vehicle or on the person of any participant. – If horses or pets are entrants in the parade, the entrant must assign a
scooper to clean up behind them – Children age 12 and under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult on all Floats/
IMPORTANT: The Parade Committee reserves the right to refuse any late entries and/or entries that are not of “Entertainment
Value” or considered “Event Theme Friendly” as determined by the committee or have not adhered to criteria in the past.
Inspection shall take place prior to the start of the parade. Failure of any unit to comply with the above requirements may result in
expulsion from the


According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and several other sources, the tune used by the United States Armed Forces from 1835 until 1860 was a bugle call known as the “Scottish Tattoo.” “Taps” was arranged in its present form by the Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient, and a Utica, New York native. General Butterfield commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division in the V Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac. While at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, in July 1862, General Butterfield chose to replace a previous French bugle call used to signal “lights out” with Taps. Butterfield’s bugler, Oliver W. Norton, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was the first to sound the new call., Taps was used by both Union and Confederate forces within months. The United States Army officially recognized the song in 1874.

“Taps” concludes many military funerals conducted with honors at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as hundreds of others around the United States. The tune is also sounded at many memorial services in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater and at grave sites throughout the cemetery.
Captain John C. Tidball, West Point, Class of 1848, started the custom of playing taps at a military funeral. It was in early July, 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, that a corporal of Tidball’s Battery A, 2nd Artillery, died. He was, Tidball recalled later, “a most excellent man.” Tidball desired to bury him with full military honors, but was refused, for military reasons, permission to fire three guns over his grave. Tidball later wrote, “The thought suggested itself to me to sound taps instead, which I did. The idea was taken up by others, until in a short time it was adopted by the entire army and is now looked upon as the most appropriate and touching part of a military funeral.” As Tidball proudly proclaimed, “Battery A has the honor of having introduced this custom into the service, and it is worthy of historical note.”
“Taps” also became a standard component of all U.S. military funerals in 1891.
“Taps” is sounded during each of the 2,500 military wreath ceremonies conducted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every year, including the ones held on Memorial Day. The ceremonies are viewed by many people, including veterans, school groups, and foreign officials. “Taps” is also sounded nightly in military installations at non-deployed locations to indicate that it is “lights out”, and often by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts/ Girl Guides to mark the end of an evening event such as a campfire.
When “Taps” is sounded at a funeral, it is customary for serving members of the military or veterans to salute. The corresponding gesture for civilians is to place the right hand over the heart.
As we listen to the mournful sound of the bugle as it sounds “Taps,” it reminds us of the men and women who served their country to help keep us free.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Fulton Service Clubs’
Memorial Day Salute

The Meaning of Memorial Day

FULTON–The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Remember Those Who Serviced.” 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 on Saturday, May 23rd.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 34 years old this year, started and carried on by the four Fulton Service Clubs. The present service clubs working on this year’s events are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Sunrise Rotary clubs. 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 were participants. These two clubs have since disbanded. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

As we enter the fourteenth year of the 21st Century, our thoughts are with the men and women who protected our freedoms for the 239 years America has existed. During the last century, we had many conflicts. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and The Gulf War come to mind. All in all, over 625,000 brave Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century. In this century, we have experienced two conflicts, one touching our shores on September 11, 2001, which have lead to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must keep these brave men and women, who are serving on active duty, in our thoughts and prayers as we experience this Memorial Day.

How did Memorial Day come to be? The actual birthplace of Memorial Day is the nearby village of Waterloo, New York. Shortly after the Civil War ended, a Waterloo druggist named Henry Welles collaborated with Union General John B. Murray to organize a local tribute for the war dead. The program included processions to and from the cemeteries, military music, speeches, wreaths, crosses, and bouquets. Of all the early such remembrances, Waterloo’s 1866 program most closely resembled Memorial Days to come. The pristine village of about 5,300 located only 40 miles from Fulton, in central New York’s Finger Lakes region, still follows its original Memorial Day model.

In 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson was President, he proclaimed Waterloo to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Day, Waterloo opened to the public a 22 room Memorial Day Museum. Waterloo has the glory of officially holding the “first” Memorial Day Program, but in reality, over two dozen communities in both the north and the south have claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee is very aware of the program they are offering to the community. We have never treated it as a celebration, but a program designed to raise the community’s awareness of the importance of this day of remembrance. The Fulton Veterans Council has a more traditional program on the Monday (the official Memorial Day) of Memorial Day weekend in which they visit the cemeteries and place American flags on all known veteran’s graves, and honor the deceased veterans at the various monuments around our city. Flowers are set out and a wreath is thrown in the Oswego River to honor those who have died at sea.

Recently, it was published that the World War II veterans are dying at the rate of nearly 1,000 a day. These men and women are at least 87 years old and most are older. Many newspapers mark the obituaries of veterans with an American flag. This is a very nice thing to do.

Many years ago, before 1966, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. This name comes from the fact that by the end of May, even in our northern climate, the flowers were in bloom and it was time to decorate the cemeteries. While the high death rate of the American Civil War (1860-65) was the initial reason for starting Memorial Day, this should not be the only reason for this holiday. Today, we should remember our deceased loved ones no matter if they are veterans or not.

The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veteran’s 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 Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s Grand Marshall is John Young.

We have the largest parade in the county, with over 100 units, and many bands, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23rd.

On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Billionaires, one of the very best and most experienced bands in Central New York. John Batstone, the Fulton Dixieland Band, the Fulton Community Band, Marching Bands from the parade, 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.

After the parade is completed, about noon on Saturday, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park. For up to date information, check our website- www.fultonmemorialdaysalute.com. This new website was designed by the staff at Oswego County Today and is sponsored by them.

Come to Fulton for the Memorial Day Salute, but keep our deceased loved ones in your hearts and prayers.

Poster Contest Winners

Pictured from left are Art Instructor Mary Pierce, Green, Taplan and Carol Vescio, Memorial Day Salute Committee member.
Pictured from left are Art Instructor Mary Pierce, Green, Taplan and Carol Vescio, Memorial Day Salute Committee member.

The 34TH Annual Memorial Day Salute Committee recently announced the winners of the Poster Contest held to create a patriotic poster in keeping with “Remember Those Who Served.” Taking first place as the winner of this year’s poster contest is Nicole Green, with second place going to Stephanie Taplan.  The winners are art students at Cayuga Community College. The posters will be displayed at the event being held this year on May 23rd at the Fulton Community Center.