BALDWINSVILLE – After a COVID break, the Baldwinsville Village Memorial Day Parade will take place again on Monday, May 30.
The day begins with the Veterans Monument Service at 9:45 a.m. in front of the US Post Office. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will stop around 10:15 a.m. for the wreath ceremony on the Seneca River. Memorial Day services end at Riverview Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
Read on to meet the guest speakers, grand marshal and president for the day.
President of the day: Mayor Dick Clarke
The Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade Committee is deeply honored to name Baldwinsville Mayor Dick Clarke as the Day Chair of the 2022 Memorial Day Parade.
Dick, a Baldwinsville native, graduated from Baker High School in 1964. He attended Onondaga Community College before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in radio/television and a minor in journalism from Southern Illinois University in 1970.
Dick then returned to Baldwinsville and in 1971 began a 36-year career as a reporter for the Syracuse Herald-Journal and later the Post-Standard. As a journalist, Dick covered high school sports for 12 years and spent the last six years of his career as a government reporter. It was this work that sparked his interest in getting involved in local politics.
After retiring in 2007, Dick worked for 10 years at the New York State Fair in athletics. In 2009, he ran for and was elected to the Baldwinsville Village Board of Directors. In 2014 he ran for and was elected mayor of Baldwinsville and has since been re-elected twice.
Like his parents Barney and Lucille Clarke and his sisters Cindy and Wendy, Dick spent most of his adult life in service to the village of Baldwinsville. In addition to his involvement in local politics, in 1973 Dick co-founded the Baldwinsville Booster Basketball Association. For 30 years, he coached basketball at various levels, including six years coaching varsity boys at Baker High School. Additionally, Dick and his wife Linda, also a Baldwinsville graduate, continued to be active alumni on their meetings committee.
Throughout his personal and professional life, Dick reports that his best career/life move was made in 1985, when he married his wife Linda. He instantly became the father of his three teenage children: Steve (Sabrina), Jim (Christie) and Ed (Robin) McIlroy, who all became very successful men and fathers, giving Dick and Linda seven grandchildren.
Besides spending his free time with Linda, her sons and grandchildren, Dick is an avid fan of the Yankees, Syracuse University and Cleveland Browns. Dick considers speaking at the Memorial Day event one of the highlights of his career.
Grand Marshal: Jérémy Boltus
In the spirit of honoring the men and women of this community who have faithfully served in our nation’s armed forces, the Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade Committee has appointed Jeremy Boltus as Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Parade. 2022.
Jeremy was born and raised in Baldwinsville, graduating from Baker High School in 2007. He received a congressional appointment to attend the United States Military Academy. While at West Point, Jeremy played lacrosse, becoming the third-highest scoring individual of all time for the Army. He finished his lacrosse career as a first-team All-American at the offensive position. He continued to play lacrosse at the professional level for seven more years, when his military service permitted.
Jeremy graduated from West Point in 2011 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. Once commissioned, he served as a fire support officer, platoon leader, and executive officer for 2-77 Field Artillery, 41D, Fort Carson, Colorado. During his time with 41D, Jeremy deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2014.
Following a successful deployment, he received a permanent change of station order (PCS) at Fort Drum to serve on the staff of the 10th Mountain Artillery Division. Jeremy served in the United States Army for seven years, receiving an honorable discharge at the end of his service.
Following his career in the military, Jeremy returned to central New York where he was employed by Lockheed Martin for the past five years. He currently lives in the Syracuse area with his wife Stephanie and their two dogs, Griffin and Gemma. Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys hiking with his wife and dogs and has continued to share his love of lacrosse by coaching at Christian Brothers Academy.
In addition to appointing the president and grand marshal, the Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade committee selected three student speakers:
- Ava Graham read “In Flanders Fields,” written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. Ava, a basketball and lacrosse player, will attend Indianapolis University to play Division II lacrosse and major in history/pre-law. In her spare time, she enjoys working with wood. Ava is honored to read this as a tribute to those who have fallen protecting American freedoms.
- Leonard Vona read Logan’s orders. Leonardo, who is interested in the field of accounting, plays hockey outside of school and is on the school tennis team. In his free time, he likes to ride a bicycle. For him, Memorial Day is an opportunity to show respect for our soldiers’ decisions to serve and honor our country.
- André Secor will recite the Gettysburg Address. Andrew is interested in science and understanding animals in their habitats. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and playing video games. He thinks Memorial Day is important because it allows us to mourn and show our appreciation for those who have sacrificed and given their lives for America.