Memorial Day Observances on the South Fork

Memorial Day parade in East Hampton, 2017 Photo by Matthew Charron

Veterans, fire companies, and scout groups will take part in a Memorial Day parade on Main Street in East Hampton Village on Monday, starting at 10 a.m. The best viewing spots are along the street from east of the Presbyterian Church to Hook Mill. A memorial service at the war memorials on the Hook Mill green will follow.

John Behan, a Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran who lost both legs in a battle on May 23, 1966, will speak at the conclusion of the parade. Mr. Behan went on to serve in the New York State Assembly and, later, as the director of the State Division of Veterans Affairs.

A barbecue for veterans will follow at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett a little after noon.

Earlier on Monday, at 9 a.m., East Hampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 550 will hold a service at Main Beach.

In Sag Harbor, the Memorial Day parade is to begin at 9 a.m. from the World War II monument at the corner of Jermain Avenue and Main Street. The march will be north on Main Street to Marine Park at Bay Street, where the Sag Harbor Community Band will perform and a service will be held.

A performance by the Bridgehampton High School band and a reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will take place at the war monument at Ocean Road in Bridgehampton at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the Bridgehampton Firehouse.

In Southampton, the Memorial Day parade will begin at 10:15 a.m., heading from the Presbyterian Church to Job’s Lane and then Agawam Park. The Rev. Michael Smith of the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church is to give an invocation and blessing. Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving will be the guest speaker.