ONEIDA — Through winds and rain, the city of Oneida held its Memorial Day parade to the delight of the public.
The Oneida Memorial Day parade was held on Friday, May 28, and attendees weathered the rain to see a parade — their first since the pandemic first hit the nation in March 2020.
This year is the 153rd observance of Memorial Day and Oneida’s 141st. According to the Oneida Memorial Association, communities in this area started observing Decoration Day after The Grand Army of the Republic (Union Veterans’ Organization) proclaimed May 30, 1868 for the purpose of decorating graves of those who lost their lives defending their country.
Oneida finally became involved May 30, 1880. Parades and services at Glenwood and St. Patrick Cemeteries took place over the years with variations such as church services and veterans dinners. The Oneida Memorial Association began May 27, 1936, for the purpose of marking and caring for veterans’ grave sites and proper observance of Memorial Day held at Triangle Park.
Those participating this year were voted on by the residents of Oneida for best in show among several categories.
The winners are as follows:
1st place — MVCAA-Headstart
2nd place — Girl Scout
1st place — Madison County Motivators
2nd place — Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association
1st place — Munnsville Legion post 54
2nd place — Son of Union Veterans
1st place — Wampsville Fire Department
2nd place — Sylvan Beach Fire Department