Stamford to host Flag Day parade

Stamford — Lou O’Connor, of Stamford will serve as grand marshall for the annual Flag Day Parade which will step off  promptly at 6 p.m. in Stamford on Thursday, June 14, rain or shine. 
A tradition in Stamford, the Flag Day parade is one of the largest in the region, featuring floats, high school bands, fire departments, scouts, 4-H Clubs, Little Leaguers, clubs, businesses, community organizations and horses. Last year’s parade was 60 units strong and attracted a huge crowd.

Parade royalty
New York State Maple Queen Deidra Hill, Delaware County Dairy Princess Miquela Hanselman and Alternate Delaware County Dairy Pirncess Cali Lutz will be making their way down the parade route, along with Stamford Fire Queen Rosie Barber and Princess April Wyble and other fire department queens and princesses.

Sponsored by the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department, there will also be numerous marching units and apparatus from other departments. 

Hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage and peppers will be sold at the fire house and the United Presbyterian Church will hold its Brook’s chicken barbecue in the parking lot at NAPA.
The parade is cancelled only by a thunderstorm and steps off from the east end of the village at Tower Mountain Avenue. It will travel west along Main Street, ending at West End Avenue. 
High school bands line up in the area of the former church, fire departments and floats line up along Beaver Street and the parking lot between Beaver and Liberty streets and color guards line up on Liberty Street.

Flag ceremony
A flag ceremony will be held at dusk at the Stamford Veterans Club on state Rt. 10 to properly retire worn and other flags; which need to be taken out of service. Anyone with a flag to be retired may drop the flag inside the blue mailbox on the front porch of the Stamford Veteran’s Club at any time.

The American Flag should never be discarded and veterans hold this special ceremony to see that old and worn flags are properly retired.

The annual Stamford Flag Day Parade is a wonderful opportunity to join with the community to honor and commemorate the adoption of the American Flag.