Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Marc Coviello, Director of the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services, have organized a convoy of county, police, fire and local municipality vehicles to traverse Dutchess County as part of this year’s Memorial Day celebrations on Monday, May 25th. County Executive Molinaro said, “Generations of brave men and women have protected this great nation, far too many of whom made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our country. Just because we are physically distancing ourselves from one another during these strange times, doesn’t mean we can’t honor these courageous service members who died to keep America safe. Nothing will stop us from honoring their legacies this Memorial Day.”
On Monday, May 25th, after laying wreaths at the Dutchess County War Memorial, the Memorial Day Convoy will depart at 11am escorted by Dutchess County Sheriff’s vehicles that will be decorated by Leah Eddington, a local artist. City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department vehicles will join as the Memorial Day Convoy travels down Main Street, taking Route 9 south. As it travels throughout the county, each municipality will have official vehicles join the Memorial Day Convoy as it travels through their respective borders. The convoy will travel from Main Street in Poughkeepsie, all the way up to Millerton, NY, stopping in Wappingers, Fishkill, East Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Beekman, Pawling, Dover, Amenia, Pine Plains, Milan, Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park along the way.
Residents are asked to please not gather in large group settings to watch the Memorial Day Convoy. To show support, residents are instead encouraged to hang American flags along the convoy’s route. For those families who live along the route, children are encouraged to paint and draw flags to be displayed in their windows, or on driveways.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, most of the traditional Memorial Day celebrations have been cancelled or will not be open to the public. Many municipalities, local VFW, and American Legion posts have chosen to hold private ceremonies to honor servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as join the Memorial Day Convoy.
For more information, contact Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at (845) 486-2060.