Montaukers will proudly wave the American flag this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. The hamlet’s three-day event is in its third year. The services begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Montauk Coast Guard Station, where a fish-and-chips dinner honoring veterans will be held on the grounds overlooking Lake Montauk. Veterans eat free. Guests will be asked for a $20 donation, $10 for children 10 and under.
On Sunday, a parade of veterans and others who have served their country will start at noon at Kirk Park, wind its way east, and end on the downtown green at the memorial site. There will be a sing-along of favorite military songs with Johnny Hughes and the Local Players. Other entertainers will perform and local politicians will speak.
On Monday at 8 a.m. the Coast Guard and the Boy Scouts will conduct a flag-raising ceremony and remembrance with guest speakers. At 8 p.m., the flag will be lowered and folded. Flags in need of retirement will then be officially burned under the watchful eye of the Montauk Fire Department.