The weather was beautiful for the Guilford Fire Department’s Memorial Day Service which began approximately 8am. Firemen from Bainbridge and Guilford, representatives of each military service, the girl scouts and the Carry On 4H club marched to the sound of the Bainbridge Guilford band. Guilford not only honored our area veterans, but as this year marks the onset of the Civil War, two Civil War soldiers of the Living History Guild marched and stood guard during the program. Steve and son Austin Savage of Greene, portrayed in full uniform soldiers of the 114th regiment. Fire chief, Bruce Macumber opened the presentation and Paul Flores offered the invocation.
Guilford Town Supervisor, George Seneck guest speaker, gave a great speech on the beginnings of Memorial Day, conflicts and wars of the past and honored our veterans seated at the front of the stage. The Gettysburg Address was delivered by Paul Flores, followed by Eric Wilcox, bag piper playing Amazing Grace. A wreath was placed by Ken Haynes of the Guilford Fire Department.
The 2005 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Timothy M. Dumond by the Guilford Historical Society president, Scott Parsons. Tim was also awarded a citation from the New York State Assembly and the Honorable Clifford Crouch by Supervisor Seneck. Tim and his family have resided in Guilford for over 30 years. He has been a member of the Guilford Fire department for about as long. He has aided the fire department in fundraising activities. Tim also served on the Bainbridge-Guilford Board of Education for 10 years. Congratulations Tim and thank you for your community service.
After the program about 60 plus visitors attended the Veterans reception and program at the Methodist Church. All enjoyed the refreshments and displays by the Guilford Historical Society. Scott Parsons, DJ, enlightened the crowd with 40’s-50’s music. The past 3 years a customary part of the reception is the interviews with the veterans, each asked the service they were in. Some veterans telling their experiences.
Thanks to the Guilford Fire Department for organizing this year’s program. The Methodist Women, the veterans from the area VFW and the American Legions. Thanks to all who attended creating a record attendance for Guilford Memorial Day Celebration 2011. Thanks to all our area veterans for participating in the parade and attending the reception. It wouldn’t have been without you and your service to our country. Thank You.