Every year there is a huge free concert at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Memorial Day and in the evening there is a traditional Memorial Day Watchfire Ceremony. You can read below at the Vietnam Vets link of the historical genesis of how the idea of a Watchfire came into being.
I will be attending. I have stopped by casually in the past but I’m making a point of it today.
They make a huge bonfire which burns long into the evening. People from all over the country send in flags for disposal. It is quite an event. As you might imagine this is well attended by patriots and lots of veterans. You don’t have to ask who is who. You can see it in the faces in the crowd. We just had a local boy killed in Afghanistan in the last few days so this carries a lot of meaning for a lot of people.
You can see a video of past years event below at the Vietnam Vets link.
Most folks who read here can contact me easily so if you happen to be close by and want to attend it’d be great to see you.