Local Legions emerge from pandemic, slowly open up

ADDISON COUNTY — While Memorial Day parades are being cancelled out of an abundance of precaution, the county’s three American Legion posts are steadily regrouping and reopening as state and federal authorities continue to lift COVID-related restrictions.Interviews with officials at Bristol Post 19, Middlebury Post 27 and Vergennes Post 14 show that monthly meetings for members are resuming and hall rental opportunities are imminent. But over the past year, the American Legions’ pattern of incredible genero … (read more)

Remember the bravery and sacrifice of our defenders

Unlike in the years before 2020, Bristol American Legion Post 19 will not stage a parade this Memorial Day.Post 19 will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at the bandstand on the park on Monday, May 31, at 1 p.m. There will be patriotic music, a speaker and pla … (read more)

Some military funeral honors delayed by COVID

VERMONT — When the pandemic struck in early 2020, military cemeteries and funeral honor guards had to limit or suspend their services, just the same as in the civilian world, but both federal and state Offices of Veterans Affairs have tried to ensure the … (read more)

Memorial Day parades cancelled again

ADDISON COUNTY — Memorial Day Weekend is considered by many Americans as the unofficial kickoff to summer; and summer for many begins with a loud and colorful parade. The annual Memorial Day parade in Vergennes is considered the biggest parade in Vermont, … (read more)

VA wreath ceremony in Vt. to be online

VERMONT — All those Vermonters who are missing the community feel of a socially distanced Memorial Day observance in the coming weekend are invited to the White River Junction VA Medical Center’s Memorial Day ceremony on Facebook Live. The Veterans Admini … (read more)

Fort Ticonderoga to hold special Memorial Day events

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Fort Ticonderoga will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the American Revolution. Discover the story of the American Army in 1777 and how it rebuilt itself at Ticonderoga to defend … (read more)

A different kind of Memorial Day

We have a long tradition of remembering our war dead on Memorial Day and celebrating all of those people who have risked life and limb to protect the greater community. This is entirely appropriate, and we continue to offer our thanks and gratitude to tho … (read more)

Memorial Day: Store clerks join long list of heroes

MIDDLEBURY — Two months ago, supermarket clerks, truckers, housekeepers and other blue-collar workers joined the nation’s growing ranks of “unsung heroes.” Their contributions — keeping grocery shelves stocked, rooms sanitized and goods on the move — have … (read more)

Memorial Day flags more meaningful this year

ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer organizations in Addison County are making sure that veterans will be remembered with honor and dignity for Memorial Day. Vergennes American Legion Post 14 is still planning to erect 1,100 American … (read more)

Band leader O’Daniel misses her final parade

VERGENNES — Had it not been canceled because of COVID-19, this year’s Vergennes Memorial Day Parade would have been Susan O’Daniel’s 41st — and because the Vergennes Union High School Band Director is retiring in June — her last. “It was a hard day when t … (read more)

Volunteer lifeline

Katie Bauer, who wanted to help in the current public health crisis, drops off groceries for two Bristol residents who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The couple’s doctor connected Maryann and Keith Corkins with Bauer. Bauer picks up a list, dro … (read more)

Opinion: What Memorial Day means to you and me

What does Memorial Day mean to you? Most of you probably know you will have a three-day weekend — no school or work on Monday. Some of you might be going camping with your families over the long weekend. You might have watched the parade in Middlebury or … (read more)

Chief Hanley informs and entertains with his COVID-19 bulletins

If you’re on the town of Middlebury mailing list, you probably feel like you’ve gotten to know Emergency Management Director Tom Hanley pretty well over the last couple months. Hanley, who is also the Middlebury police chief, is responsible for those very … (read more)

Middlebury Memorial Day parade canceled

MIDDLEBURY — On Memorial Day this year, how Americans honor the more than 1 million men and women who have lost their lives defending America since the Revolutionary War will look different in many places due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pa … (read more)

Virus cancels Vergennes Memorial Day parade

VERGENNES — The largest Memorial Day parade in the state has been canceled for 2020. “It is with a heavy heart that American Legion Post No. 14 in Vergennes announces the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day Parade and festivities that was scheduled to … (read more)