LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s Predominant Road was bustling with vacationers on Memorial Day. Regardless of ongoing development, guests sat by their automobiles sipping espresso, wove out and in of outlets, and took within the view of Mirror Lake at Mid’s Park. A couple of ft away, as they do every year, a gaggle of locals gathered round a small patch of grass the place three flagpoles stretched excessive towards the brilliant, halcyon sky.
Yearly, members of Lake Placid’s American Legion Submit 326 take part in a sequence of flag ceremonies within the morning earlier than internet hosting a Memorial Day parade, which ends with a ultimate flag ceremony outdoors the legion outpost on Predominant Road. Three flags honoring native veterans, first raised on Veterans Day, are lowered; three new flags honoring native veterans are raised.
This 12 months, the parade was nixed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In contrast to final 12 months, nevertheless, the standard flag ceremonies, together with the one on the legion on Predominant Road, had been capable of transfer ahead with out concern over adherence to state restrictions on mass gatherings.
Legion Commander Stuart Spotts and Vice Commander Bob Marvin lowered flags honoring Ken Hare, Ray Levitt and Man Wescott and offered the flags to relations. Flags honoring John “Jack” Kendrick, Neil Pratt and Norris Earl “Bucky” Seney had been raised. “Faucets” was performed as Legion members saluted the flag.
Kendrick was a veteran of the U.S. Military. He was born in Vermont in 1931, raised in Lake Placid, and have become a well known playwright, poet, actor, athlete and instructor. He was inducted into the Lake Placid Corridor of Fame in 2007. He died on March 9, 2015.
Pratt, born in 1933, was a Lake Placid native who served within the U.S. Military in the course of the Korean Conflict. At dwelling, he served as a firefighter with the Lake Placid Volunteer Fireplace Division. He labored in a wide range of locations over time, together with on the Olympic Sports activities Complicated at Mount Van Hoevenberg and on the nursing dwelling, which was known as the Uihlein Mercy Middle on the time. He died on Nov. 27, 2019.
Seney, born in Saranac Lake in 1928, was a U.S. Navy veteran who additionally served in the course of the Korean Conflict. After he received dwelling, he labored as an insurance coverage investigator and volunteered for the Lake Placid Pee Wee Affiliation, based on his obituary. Seney died on Oct. 23, 2019.
The ceremony was temporary this 12 months, and Spotts ended the occasion by telling the viewers gathered round him that he hoped to see issues look extra regular subsequent time.
Earlier than the flag ceremony on Predominant Road, a flag honoring Richard “Dick” Sensible was lowered at Adirondack Neighborhood Church, and a flag was raised for Cyril Levitt; a flag honoring Harry Jacobs was lowered and a flag honoring Lawrence Maxwell was raised at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid; and on the neighboring Lake Placid Well being and Medical Health Middle, flags had been lowered for Henry “Hank” Cooney and raised for William “Invoice” McCalvin.