Each Memorial Day, we commemorate members of the armed forces who were killed in the line of duty. We might ask ourselves if it is enough to passively praise those who have served. Memorial Day is also a time to consider the purposes of our conflicts, and to not only remember the lives destroyed by war, but to consider the future deaths in future wars and in conflicts we currently wage. Bearing witness to suffering and sacrifice must also include a conscious and active meditation on our future trajectory.
The City of Rochester's Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 26, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at East Avenue at Alexander Street. The route will follow East Avenue to Main Street and then west on Main to Plymouth Avenue, concluding at about 12 p.m.
The parade will take place rain or shine. Parking is available at East End Garage (475 E. Main Street), Court St. Garage (194 Court Street), South Ave. Garage (39 Stone Street), Washington Sq. Garage (111 Woodbury Boulevard), and Sister Cities Garage (28 N. Fitzhugh Street). Food and drink will be available for purchase via vendors. For more information, call 428-5990.
The 30th Annual Rochester Memorial Day Peace Parade will follow about 100 yards behind the Memorial Day Parade. The public and organizations are invited to gather at East Avenue and Arnold Park at 10 a.m. with signs and banners. The Peace Parade is held in order to show that we can honor the memory of those who have suffered and died by working toward a future of peace and justice. For more information, email Rochesterpeaceparade@gmail.com.