HONESDALE — The Honesdale Memorial Day Parade is set for May 27. Line up begins at 9 a.m., with the parade commencing at 10 a.m.
The Parade will start down Main Street at 10:00AM and will pause at the bridge for a Naval tradition to honor the dead. The parade will continue to 5th Street lot behind St Mary's Church where the parade will disband.
Everyone who is participating in the parade and wants to attend the service at Central Park, can continue to Central Park using Church Street.
Those traveling on Church Street must observe all traffic rules. Any participants who want to exit the parade at 5th Street, can continue down Main Street and proceed on observing all traffic rules.
The parade will stop for a Memorial Wreath laying in the water of the Lackawaxen River at the bridge on Main Street.
Please show the proper respect and keep in mind the solemnity of the ceremony if you are in the area.
Please follow the instructions of the Honesdale Fire Police and other parade organizational volunteers. They are there to assist and ensure the parade runs smoothly and safely.
Sincere appreciations to the Wayne County Commissioners, Honesdale Borough council, Honesdale police Department, Honesdale Fire Police and all the participants and volunteers.
There will be a memorial service in Central Park following the parade.
The Main Speaker at Central Park will be SFC James C. Strasser.
SFC James Strasser is a 27 year active duty Soldier serving with the United States Army.
He started his military service in October 1983, serving six years with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg North Carolina.
He left military service in December 1989.
After a 10 year break in service from 1989 to 1999, he joined the local National Guard unit Company A in Honesdale.
He deployed with Company A to Bosnia from May 2002 to April 2003 as a Stabilization Force. In January 2005 he deployed again with Company A to Al Anbar province Iraq until August 2006. SFC
Strasser started his Active Guard Reserve (AGR) career in June of 2007, serving in numerous positions within the 1-109th Infantry Battalion.
In September 2012, he deployed to Kuwait in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom until July 2013. His last assignment was Unit Readiness NCO for Company A Honesdale from October 2017 to January 2019.
He is currently in the process of retiring from active service.
This year's parade will honor A Col. 1st BN 109th Infantry.
The 109th Infantry was organized on Aug, 14, 1877 as the Scranton City Guard Battalion, a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The 109th was mobilized during World War I and World War II.
Between those conflicts, the regiment was reorganized between 1919 and 1920 as a Pennsylvania National Guard Unit, designated the 13th Infantry.
Coast Guard flyover
This year, there will be a Coast Guard Flyover during the parade.
The helicopter will also land in the field next to CVS at the south end of Main Street immediately following the flyover.
The public is welcome and encouraged to come up ti the helicopter, take pictures, and learn more about the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Academy and helicopter aviation.
Children will be allowed in the helicopter.
Poor weather, maintenance issued or other operational commitments could cancel this event.
Below is the lineup:
Division 1: Meet at Triangle Park, 17th and Main
• State Police Car
• Honesdale Borough Police Car
• Wayne County Sheriff
• Capt. Maurice Meagher (Ret.)
• Guest Speaker SFC James C. Strasser
•109th National Guard
• Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Disabled American Veterans
• VFW float
• Honesdale High School Marching Band
• Business & Professional Women
• Several antique cars
• Boy Scouts
• Cub Scouts
• Girl Scouts
Division 2: Start at the end of Triangle Park, West and Main Streets
• Honesdale Mayor
• Honesdale Borough Council
• Honesdale Fire Company Marching Unit
• Honesdale Fire company's
• Honesdale fire equipment
• Western Wayne High School Band
• Bold Gold Media
• Silhouette Twirlers
• Antique Tractors
Division 3: Across Fair Avenue bridge on Stanton Street
• Wallenpaupack High School Band
• Wayne County Commissioners
• Senior Judge Wayne County
• Wayne County District Attorney
• Wayne County Prothonotary
• Wayne County Treasurer
• State Representative Jonathan Fritz
• Re/Max Wayne
• Wayne County Dairy Princess
• Wayne Bank
• Tabernacle Bible Church
• Esselman Sewer & Drain
Division 4: Line up starting at Ice Cream Cottage towards Veteran's Park
• Honesdale National Bank
• Knights of Columbus
• Roots and Rhythm
• Wayne County Fair
• Wayne County 4H Club
• Jocelyn Cramer
• The Dime Bank
• Elite Martial Arts
• Keep Hawley & Honesdale Beautiful
• Visiting Fire Companies