MALTA — On Saturday, May 20, residents and participants are welcome to honor Armed Forces Day at an annual parade and ceremony.
The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Bayberry Drive and travel south on Route 9, where it will end on Blacksmith Drive.
The parade will briefly pause in front of the Stewart’s at the Route 9 and 67 traffic circle in order to give recognition to a recently donated Meneely Bell. That bell is a gift to Malta from Bill Dake, CEO of Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Corporation, to honor military members and veterans, firefighters, emergency services personnel and the many volunteers who serve the public daily.
The bell is also significant because it will be located close to where Malta’s historical Dunning Street Parade Ground existed. That parade ground was actively used throughout the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
Mike Harran, senior district manager for Stewart’s, will represent Bill Dake, Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Corporation when he rings the bell for the first time at its new location.
On Sunday, May 21 at 9 a.m., the Town of Malta also will dedicate four historic markers honoring the contributions made by the Luther-Mackay family.
The ceremony will take place at the site of one of the family’s markers on Stonebreak Road. All of the markers are identical, and the others are located on Plains Road, Luther Forest Boulevard and Dunning Street.
The name Luther has become synonymous with the Town of Malta. The Luther Forest neighborhood, created by the father-son team of Thomas C. and Thomas F. Luther, and maintained by their descendants, the Mackay family, is a marvel of reforestation.
Once the home of the Malta Rocket Test Station where the American space program was born, it now provides homes to over 1,300 families, as well as the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, the Hudson Valley Community College TEC-SMART Campus, Luther Forest Technology Campus, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc., as well as beautiful recreational fields and nature trails.
Malta Town Supervisor Vincent DeLucia, Town Historian Paul Perreault and a representative from the family are expected to speak and the public is invited to attend.
For more information, call 518-899-3434.