Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Memorial Day Weekend has arrived. Long Lake is excited to welcome back our second home owner residents, guests, visitors, fishermen, sunbathers, recreational enthusiasts and birds, bears, and all walks of wildlife. We have been busy gearing up for your arrival to keep everyone healthy and safe as possible, but we need your help too.

We invite and ask everyone to please wear a mask in public, especially when less than 6 feet apart from anyone outside your immediate family and at our area businesses, inside or out.

We are observing CDC recommended social distancing protocols which recommend everyone to keep 6 feet apart as much as possible. Please observe the safety measures and wear a cloth face-covering when picking up food or retails items or in our essential stores and don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

Stay safe, please help keep our small community healthy. We are excited to have our curbside-only retail operations, essential businesses and our take-out restaurants open and we ask you adhere to their safety standards so they can take good care of you too.

Please note: The Memorial Day Parade is suspended for 2020, but the American Legion Post #650 will be hosting a small-private ceremony commemorating those who have lost their lives while serving this country. The Long Lake Cemetery will be open to the public on Monday by 12 p.m.

The population of Hamilton County has grown significantly over the past several weeks and as things continue to re-open in our region, the population will increase in response.  It is critical that all of our residents continue to wear masks when in public, respect social distancing, and do not host social gatherings. Do not plan family reunions, birthday parties or other festivities. Remember that the healthcare infrastructure in Hamilton County is limited, we do not have a hospital or urgent care facility, and an outbreak in Hamilton County will have a significant impact on our summer and ability to re-open fully.

Model the behavior that you wish to see! Whether you are on a hiking trail, enjoying the local beach or picking up a curbside meal from one of your favorite restaurants, be mindful and respectful of those around you. There will be changes to the way we all interact this summer, but we hope to maintain the same sense of relaxation and hospitality. Our future relies on each of you to do your part!


NYS Executive Order 202.17


Schedule Announcement
Please note: The Memorial Day Parade is suspended for 2020, but the American Legion Post #650 will be hosting a small-private ceremony commemorating those who have lost their lives while serving this country. The Long Lake Cemetery will be open to the public on Monday by 12 p.m.

Memorial Day 2019 Schedule of Events Long Lake NY Adirondacks

This is the Draft Agenda for Monday, May 27th. 

Expect traffic delays along NYS Route 30 from 11:30am – 12:15pm and 2pm – 2:30pm. 

1130     Small contingent of American Legion Post 650 marches from LL Town Hall to bridge 
1200     Long Lake Memorial Day Parade begins at LL Town Hall 1204 Main Street, Long Lake NY & School Road with participants marching to LL Cemetery.  
1230    Long Lake Local Ceremony at the Cemetery

13:30   Line Up for Hamilton County Parade at Mt. Sabattis Upper Parking Lot next to Tennis Courts. (all those not marching/participating in the first parade) Vehicles line up along South Hill Road. Please keep Vietnam Memorial clear of vehicles. 

1400     Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade begins at Mount Sabattis                                

1415     Ceremonies begin at LLCS front lawn:

Special Thanks to Long Lake Central School, Town of Newcomb, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit of Ballston Spa, Erik Arsenault, Bob Gibson, American Legion Post #650

Commander “Bob” Crocetta assumed responsibility as Overhaul Project Officer on 19 October 2017.


Commander “Bob” Crocetta to Speak at Long Lake/Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade. 

Enlisting in 1988, he was designated as an Electrician’s Mate following graduation from Nuclear Field ‘A’ School in Orlando, Florida.  Upon graduation from Nuclear Power Training pipeline, he reported to USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN 25), where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.  His next assignment was to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 77) where he was designated as Plankowner.  He then transferred to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, serving as Ship Superintendent for submarine repair.  During this tour, he was selected as the 1999 Sailor of the Year and selected for commission by the FY 2001 Limited Duty Officer Selection Board.

Ashore, he served as the R4 Division Officer and Planning and Estimating Officer at Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London Connecticut, Assistant Project Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Newport News for the CVN 72 Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH), and as S8G Prototype Refueling Overhaul Project Officer at Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, New York.
Afloat and staff tours include a tour in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), where he served as the Electrical Technical Assistant, deployed in March 2001, which included combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.  Follow on sea tours included Auxiliaries Officer in USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77), Reactor Mechanical Assistant in USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), and as Aft Station Officer in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65).

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and other personal, service, and unit awards.

Memorial Day Parade Activities

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 will be hosting the Long Lake Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 in Long Lake, NY. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m from the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY.  The Honor Guard will march to the Long Lake Bridge to commemorate those lost at sea and then return to the Doughboy Monument and Town Hall.  At 9 a.m. the parade will re-commence and go to the Long Lake Cemetery for a ceremony and speech continuing on to the Vietnam Memorial at South Hill Road and Deerland Road.

The guest speaker for the Long Lake Memorial Day ceremony is CSM Christopher Reeves, Senior NCO for the 91st Military Police Battalion at Fort Drum.


CSM Christopher Reeves enlisted in the Army on 17 November 1993 as a Parachute Rigger.  In August 1995 he reclassified and earned the MOS 31B, Military Police.

He has held every level of leadership from Team Leader to BN Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include Parachute Rigger Eco 782d MSB 82d Airborne Division, FT Bragg NC; Gunner and Team Leader 170th Military Police Company, Fort Lewis WA, Special Reaction Team, entry team member 51st Military Police Detachment Fort Lewis WA; Team Leader and Squad Leader 13th Military Police Company, Vicenza, Italy;  Platoon Sergeant 252d Military Police Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood MO; Drill Sergeant A CO 795th Military Police Company, Fort Leonard Wood MO; Platoon Sergeant and Operations Sergeant 410th Military Police Company Fort Hood TX;  Provost Operations Sergeant USARCENT Fort McPherson GA; First Sergeant HSC  III Armored Corps Fort Hood TX;  Operations Sergeant  HHC 89th Military Police Brigade Fort Hood TX; First Sergeant 64th Military Police Company Fort Hood TX; Command Sergeant Major 720th MP BN (R)(P) Fort Hood TX; Directorate Sergeant Major of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security, Fort Gordon GA and Command Sergeant Major 91st Military Police Battalion, Fort Drum NY. He has been deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for three rotations



CSM Reeves military education includes the Airborne Course, Parachute Riggers Course, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Law Enforcement Senior Leaders Course, Hostage Negotiation Course; Antiterrorism Officer Basic and Advanced Course, IMCOM DPTMS Course, Drill Sergeants Course, First Sergeants Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 64.


His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal 3OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal,  Army Commendation Medal 6OLC, Joint Service Achievement Medal,  Army Achievement Medal 7OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal 7TH Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon Numeral 5, National Defense Service ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon numeral 3, Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation 1OLC, Army Superior Unit Award. He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Rigger Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, French Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Gold), Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze), CSM Reeves is a member of the Distinguished SGT Morales club and the Audie Murphy club.

In the event of rain the ceremony and speech will be held at the Long Lake Town Hall,  1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847.


Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade Speaker Slated

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 will be hosting the Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th in Long Lake, NY with parade line up starting at 1:15pm at the Mt. Sabattis Parking Lot at the intersection of South Hill Road and Deerland Road. At 1:30pm the parade will travel through town and conclude with a ceremony on the Long Lake Central School front Lawn. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Long Lake Town Hall.

Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge will be the guest speaker

Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge will be the guest speaker

The guest speaker for the ceremony will native Tupper Lake resident, Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge.

LaBarge, a 32-year veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard was promoted to Brigadier General in April and has been tapped to serve as the chief of staff of New York Air National Guard in Latham.

LaBarge previously served as commander of the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia. That unit flies the LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft, which are used to supply science research stations in Antarctica and Greenland.

He is a command pilot with experience flying T-37, T-38, C-5, C-17, C-130 and LC-130 aircraft. LaBarge has flown combat and combat support missions in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as polar airlift missions in support of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. He has more than 5,500 hours of flight time.

LaBarge, a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, enlisted in the Air Force in 1983 and was commissioned through the Officer Training School program. He is a graduate of Air Force Squadron Officers School, Air Force Command and General Staff School, Air War College, and Joint Forces Staff College. He earned a master of arts degree in military studies/strategic leadership from American Military University.

He previously served in the 105th Airlift Wing from 1992 to 2006 as a C-5 instructor and evaluator pilot, a squadron operations officer, the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation and the Chief of the Wing Command Post before moving into positions at Air Force Headquarters and New York Air National Guard Headquarters.

The Long Lake Fire Department will be serving Hot Dogs and drinks after the ceremony.

In honor of Hamilton County’s 200th birthday, the Hamilton County Bicentennial Exhibit will be on display at the Long Lake Town Hall starting at noon until the festivities conclude. Everyone is encouraged to stop in and identify residents past and present. There will be blank tags available to identify faces without a label. Residents are invited to bring copies of portraits to include in the display.

The Long Lake American Legion will host the local parade at noon.  The Bridge ceremony will be held at 8:30am.

The Long Lake American Legion will host the local parade at noon. The Bridge ceremony will be held at 8:30am.

The local Long Lake Memorial Day Parade will begin at Noon starting from the Long Lake Town Hall to the cemetery, followed immediately by the Hamilton County Parade.

Anyone interested in showcasing their business, local organization or floats in either the local Long Lake Parade or the Hamilton County Parade may sign up by calling Steph Hample at 518.624.3077.

Memorial Day Speaker Announced

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 announces the Memorial Day Events for Monday, May 25, 2015.

The American Legion will at march starting at 8:30am down from the Long Lake Town Hall to the to the Long Lake Town Bridge, back to the World War Two Monument and the Town Hall. At approximately 9am the Legion will march with the Long Lake Central School band and the Long Lake Fire Department and Rescue Squad to the Long Lake Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony with guest speaker Colonel Elizabeth Ryan Griffin.


Colonel Elizabeth Ryan Griffin is a native of Rochester, New York. She graduated from American University in 1992 with a baccalaureate degree in English and certification in Secondary Education. Colonel Griffin was a distinguished military graduate from Georgetown University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

Colonel Griffin was first assigned to Fort Hood, Texas where she served in various Engineer assignments to include Battalion Assistant Operations Officer; Vertical Construction Platoon Leader; Executive Officer in an Assault Float Bridge Company; and Battalion Adjutant. Following the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Colonel Griffin was assigned to Giessen, Germany, where she served as the 16th Engineer Battalion Logistics Officer; the 1st Brigade Combat Team Assistant Brigade Engineer; and the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) Commander, 16th Engineer Battalion.

After completing Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Colonel Griffin was nominated to serve at the Army’s Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia where she served as the Civilian Education Branch Chief responsible for the professional development of the Army’s officer corps at civilian institutions worldwide. During this tour of duty, Colonel Griffin applied for and received designation to the Human Resources Community. After graduating from the Command and General Staff College, Colonel Griffin served as the Operations Officer for the Officer Personnel Management System Task Force providing the Chief of Staff of the Army periodic updates on the future of the Army’s officer corps. Subsequent assignments included Development Officer, Senior Leader Development Office; Deputy Joint Human Resources Officer for the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq; U.S. Army Garrison Commander in Mannheim, Germany; and Chief, Officer Selection Board Policy, Army G-1.
Colonel Griffin holds a Master’s degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces – Eisenhower School. She has completed two graduate certificates in Executive Leadership from Cornell University; is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR); and has earned designation as a Human Capital Strategist (HCS).

Colonel Griffin’s operational and combat deployments include Joint Task Force 160, Operation Sea Signal, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1994-1995); Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard, 1st Armored Division, Balkans (1997-1998, 2000); and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (2008-2009)

Colonel Griffin’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, various Service and Campaign medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, Outstanding Military Volunteer Medal, the NATO Medal, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award. She has earned the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, Gold German Sports Badge, and is a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer.

Colonel Griffin is married to Charles Griffin and they have two children, Cavan and Mikaely, age 11. Colonel Griffin currently serves as the Chief, Strategic Initiatives Group, for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 in Washington, DC.

Great Adirondack Garage Sale Memorial Day Weekend

Over 70 Miles of Garage Sales get underway this weekend stretching from Long Lake, Indian Lake, Inlet, Eagle Bay and Old Forge from May 23 – May 25th.

Long Lake Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday with marching commencing at 8:30am to the Bridge and approx 9am from the Doughboy Monument at the Town Hall. The parade will continue to the Long Lake Cemetery. American Legion Post 650 will be having a service. A tent, chairs and water will be available for guests who need to cool off as temps are predicted to be in the 80’s. Bring your bug spray. The black flies are out in full force.




Memorial Day Tribute

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 hosted the Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27th. Commander of the Long Lake Legion Post Commander, Tim Touchette, was the Master of Ceremonies and led the events at the cemetery and at Long Lake Central School. The Guest speaker of the day was alum of Long Lake Central School, Class of 1981, Master Sargent John Rayome.

Attendees included: first responders from Long Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mt. Lake, Raquette Lake, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, the Indian Lake Central School Marching Band, the Long Lake Central School Marching Band, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisor’s, and others that came out to support the efforts of the Hamilton County American Legion.

Click on the Link to view a snapshot of the days events in Long Lake NY.

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The winners of the float contest were:

1st Place, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
2nd place, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
3rd place, Jimmy John’s Red Thunderbird

Thank you to those came and spent the day in Long Lake.

Memorial Day Weekend 2011

If you haven’t been to Long Lake lately, you read it about it on the net… oh that’s the town with the flood.. I used to LOVE that town….

Well now is the time to come back and to bring your friends and family.

Long Lake is open for business. We have young families, 5th generation families, new families, family owned restaurants and family owned motels and cottages and an incredible, powerful LAKE, that draws you in and makes you say… why didn’t I get here earlier. So come up explore, the businesses are opening their doors for you the patrons to walk in.

This weekend is the kick-off to the summer season and we’re extending an invitation to YOU to come up and help get us in gear. It’s been a long and frightful winter, and everyone needs a boost, but clearly it takes commitment from the you to say.. “that town, it’s only one tank away… let’s go there, we can actually help those folks out.”

This weekend town will be buzzing with the Great Adk Garage Sale, stretching over 70 miles along Routes 28, 28N & 30. Treasures for everyone.

On Monday the Town of Long Lake will be hosting TWO parades. One at 8:30am (well that’s when line up really happens) and the Hamilton County Wide Parade at 2pm complete with floats, fire trucks, candy and guest speaker Teresa Sayward.

Monday at 4pm Long Lake will be hosting Tribute to the Troops, A Concert Event with Peggy Lynn featuring interviews with 20 vets from Tupper Lake, NY, Long Lake, NY and Indian Lake NY. In Long Lake you’ll see interviews from Tom Bissell, Mike Arsenault, John Hosley, John Rayome Jr, Tim Touchette and Bunny Austin.

We offer a lot and we offer ample lodging and dining. Check our our website for more information at

Making of Tribute to the Troops

Tribute to the Troops, a multi-media event is slated for the Long Lake Town Hall on Monday, May 30th at 4pm.

This special collection of personal remembrances of Adirondack veterans from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Tupper Lake will be featured at a concert performed Memorial Day weekend by Peggy Lynn.

Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter and arts educator brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.

Local producers with cameras, notepads and infectious enthusiaum interviewed 19 veterans from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Tupper Lake for a personal look into their military service.

So many stories, and so many memories. The collection has been edited together and will be shared in concert with Peggy Lynn coming to you in Indian Lake, Tupper Lake and Long Lake.

Long Lake hosts this concert tribute on Memorial Day, May 30th at 4pm at the Long Lake Town Hall. Tickets for Art Center members are $10 and vets are free. Don’t miss history in the making.

For more information about the concerts in Indian Lake and Tupper Lake check out the If you aren’t a member, please join! Arts and life are alive in the Adirondacks!

For lodging, dining and general information about Long Lake check out over 100 web pages at

Also this weekend look for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale, 70 miles of Garage Sales from Long Lake to Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake.

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