PLATTSBURGH — With the annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration just weeks away, the committee is organizing for the Sept. 8 parade, which has a start time of 1 p.m.
The theme this year is “Flags of the War of 1812,” in honor of the all the volunteers who fought and died during the Battle of Plattsburgh.
The grand marshal car will ride with the back seat empty to signify all those who did not return from combat. It will follow the flags of the nation, the POW/MIA flag and a firing party.
The procession will pause in front of the reviewing stand for brief remarks, followed by a musket salute and the playing of “Taps” and “Last Post” before continuing forward.
Parade co-Chair Vicki Giroux said they hope local organizations are working on floats to showcase their offerings.
More than 90 units are expected to take part, with many new participants.
They will be joined by lots of music, including the U.S. Navy Band Northeast, Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band, the Peru High School Marching Band, Police Pipes and Drums of Plattsburgh, Spirit of Scotland pipes and drums, two fife and drum corps, Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums, Norwich University Marching Band and Drill Team and the Norwood Firemen’s Band.
Parade co-Chair Phil Rice would also like to remind children to think about decorating a bike or wagon to be in the parade.
“It is a wonderful way to inspire young folks about the area’s vast history,” he said in a news release.
There is still plenty of time to register with the parade committee.
“It is really important that people register so we can be well organized in advance of Sept. 8,” Parade co-Chair Diane Brockway said.
“At best, getting a parade lined up and moving on time is very hectic. Early registration is a big help.”
The committee has been meeting every two weeks to be sure details are being addressed.
To participate in the parade or as a safety volunteer, contact email@example.com or 562-4000, Ext. 165.