Rena Nessler

GENEVA — The annual Geneva Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday in downtown Geneva and will be the highlight of a full slate of morning events.

According to Gary Baxter, one of the event organizers, the parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Seneca and Exchange streets.

The parade will go north on Exchange, turn left at Castle Street and then go south on Main Street, ending with a 10:45 a.m. ceremony at Pulteney Park.

Those participating are asked to arrive by 9 a.m., said Baxter, who noted the event features the Geneva High School band, several floats, veterans, local officials and other organizations.

Rena Nessler of Geneva, the first woman commander of the state American Legion, will be the marshal for this year’s parade. A nearly four-decade member of Winnek Post 396 in Geneva and a 14-year Auxiliary member of Seeley B. Parish Post 457 in Phelps, Nessler is a former Ontario County and 7th District Legion commander who has also served on several state and national committees. She served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged as a yeoman third class in 1972. She and her husband, Jim, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

The service at Pulteney Park will include speeches by Geneva High School students, award presentations, a wreath laying and a rifle salute

In addition to the parade, the celebration of Memorial Day in Geneva will include the placing of wreaths at the Hobart World War I Memorial Bench and at St. Patrick’s, St. Mary’s, Washington Street and Glenwood cemeteries, and a program at the American Legion.

For additional information or with questions, contact Baxter at (315) 945-1429.

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