May 302017

On Memorial Day, Orange residents are aware of the Ceremony at the gazebo, and of course the parade. They’re even attending the service at the Orange Center Cemetery in greater numbers each year.

But there is one tradition that goes virtually unnoticed.

Every year, wearing their dress uniforms, the members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department take part in the Ceremony, parade, and service. Then, just before Orange Center Road is reopened to traffic, they line up and march down to the far end of the Town Green, beyond the town Christmas Tree to the Firefighter’s Memorial stone.

This year, firefighter Stephen Douglas laid the wreath as the other members saluted. Then, the chaplain gave the invocation and Chief John Knight, Assistant Chiefs Charles Sherwood and Mike Esposito read the names of all of the deceased department members.

The chaplain offered a final prayer and having paid their respects, the group returned to the station for a quick lunch.

This is one of the treasures that people may wonder about as they drive by, but it happens every year on Memorial Day and it is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

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