By Elizabeth Riggs

For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer, with family picnics, great shopping deals and even a day off from work and school. However, before putting on your white pants and hitting the mall this Memorial Day, take a few moments to reflect on the true reason for this holiday: remembrance.

This weekend, make sure your American flag is flying, immerse yourself in patriotism and take a few moments to reflect on the lives that have been lost and the freedoms we all enjoy.

The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29. The parade will form on South Buffalo Street by the log cabin and Veteran’s Park at 10 a.m. and will proceed north on Buffalo Street to Main Street and turn on West Main Street to Maplewood Cemetery. There will be a service at the mound in the cemetery where flowers will be placed in memory of the department comrades by members of the Concord Post #431, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5260 and Auxiliaries, Vietnam Veterans, Firemen and Auxiliary. Others taking part in this year’s service are Town of Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito, Village of Springville Mayor Bill Krebs and the GI High School Band. The program will close with a gun salute followed by Taps.

In coordination with the Springville Parade, Gowanda Harley-Davidson will be hosting its 19th Annual Ride to Remember. The ride will start at the Gowanda American Legion Post, located at 100 Legion Drive, Gowanda, where breakfast will be provided free of charge for veterans beginning at 7 a.m. The ride will travel through Collins to Springville, ending at Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood were a memorial service will be held at the Veterans Memorial monument. Following the ceremony hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided free of charge.