Parade marshals are Don Kizer, Mary Kipp


As Memorial Day approaches organizers of Hawley Borough’s traditional holiday celebration have announced highlights of the 2010 remembrance and parade planned for Sunday, May 30th.  The annual parade will line-up in Bingham Park at 12 noon with the multi-division procession stepping-off at 1 p.m.  


As Memorial Day approaches organizers of Hawley Borough’s traditional holiday celebration have announced highlights of the 2010 remembrance and parade planned for Sunday, May 30th.  The annual parade will line-up in Bingham Park at 12 noon with the multi-division procession stepping-off at 1 p.m.  
Immediately preceding step-off will be a ceremony of tribute at the Veterans Monument in the park organized by the Hawley American Legion Post, to include veterans of various conflicts and the Post auxiliary.   According to Mayor David “Kevin” Hawk, “Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service while defending our country, its values, and way of life.   We invite everyone to come together as we honor them in this simple way. As has become our custom, in addition to the opening ceremony a wreath will also be cast into the Lackawaxen River as the procession moves past the Eddy bridge at Church and Hudson Street in honor of those who died at sea.”
Included in the lead division will be this year’s parade dignitaries Donald “Don” Kyzer and Mary Kipp, both of Hawley, who will be recognized as Grand Marshals for their service, and who will be part of the lead division.
Also in the lead column will be both local Police and the Pennsylvania State Police including Honesdale and Blooming Grove Stations, Hawley, Honesdale, and Waymart Police, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, and the Massed Colors of local veterans’ organizations.  In addition, the National Guard, US Army, Retired Navy Capt. Maurice Meagher, Hawley American Legion and auxiliary marching groups, and the Tobyhanna Army Depot.
The Wallenpaupack Area High School Band will lead various state and local dignitaries including the Wayne County Commissioners, Wayne County Treasurer Brian Fields, Wayne County District Attorney Michael Lehutsky, Wayne County Recorder of Deeds Ginger Golden and Courthouse officials, Hawley Mayor David “Kevin” Hawk, Hawley Borough Council, Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz, Bethany Mayor Margaret Freeman and her son, Honesdale Borough Council, Palmyra Township (Wayne) Supervisors, Attorney Alan Cooper, and others.
The Beach Lake Free Methodist Band will head up the second division, to include Wayne County Chamber Executive Director Donna LaBar, the 143rd Civil War unit, the 109th Infantry, and Army Recruiters.  Also, the Wallenpaupack Area High School Prom Queen, as well as various youth groups and organizations:  the Young Marines, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, Babe Ruth League, and the Wayne County Dairy Princess.  Also the Silhouette Twirlers,  WAHS Cheerleaders, Knights of Columbus, and the Wallenpaupack All Stars. 
The third division will be comprised of a variety of antique and other cars including the NEPA Coasters, the Costa’s Family Fun Park vehicle, Bold Gold Media, Perfect Professional Painters, Paupack Fuel, the Hawley Garage, Hawley IGA and Hawley Market IGA, and others
The fourth division will be led by the Wayne Highlands marching band followed with the Honesdale National Bank float, Habitat for Humanity, Downtown Hawley Partnership, the Lackawaxen River Conservancy “River of the Year, and other organizations.
The fifth division will contain fire response apparatus from local and regional volunteer departments including: Hawley, White Mills, Honesdale, Lakeville, Tafton, Forest, Waymart, Seelyville, Greeley, Madisonville, Greene-Dreher, Blooming Grove, Central, Hamlin, Hemlock Farms and others.
The next, sixth, division will include Watson Brothers Gas Cars and Pioneer Power, leading the way for emergency medical services vehicles from the Hawley and White Mills Ambulance Corps along with additional EMS responders and the Hawley Bicycle Patrol.
Visitors and resident alike are encouraged to spend time in Hawley’s shops and eateries on parade day and throughout the long holiday weekend.  In addition to wishing all a safe holiday, Hawley Police Chief Drake reminds the public of the temporary closure of Welwood Avenue (beginning May 26) to allow for utility work on the silk mill project prior to the permanent road closure.  “Residents and visitors alike should plan their travel routes accordingly.”

Note: The Honesdale Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m., followed by a veteran's program in Central Park.