Flag Day Parade History

The parade began as part of the patriotic feelings that swept the nation following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The first parade was held in June 2002, and the annual event quickly grew, becoming a very popular celebration of Old Glory as well as an opportunity to recognize local groups and traditions. Fireworks following the parade were added in 2004, and the CHS One Mile Road Race beforehand began in 2009.

Parade Grand Marshals each year have been:

2002 – World War II veteran Francis Miner, a former prisoner of war and recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star

2003 – 13 members of the Security Forces Squadron of the Stratton Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing, just back from the war in Iraq

2004 – Great-grandmother Ruth Hamlin, her daughter Linda VanSchaick, her daughter Amy Odom, and her daughter Madison Odom

2005 – Herb Jackson, a 43-year member of the Ballston Lake Fire Department, and Bob Boice, a 50-year member of the Burnt Hills Fire Department

2006 – Dr. Stanley “Doc” Garrison, founder of the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital

2007 – Rod & Millie Andersen, the 1954 founders of Andersen Boat Shop

2008 – Former Ballston Town Supervisor Ray Callanan

2009 – Veterans from all eras & conflicts are jointly honored

2010 – Veteran Bob Speck, an elected member of the BH-BL Board of Education from 1974 to 2010

2011 – BH-BL teacher, coach & originator of this parade Gary Bynon

2012 – Superintendent Jim Schultz, retiring after 41 years of service to the BH-BL Schools

2013 – (Parade canceled due to severe storms.)

2014 – Tireless community booster & local business owner Ralph DeLuke of Mail ‘n More

2015 – Long-time residents and unstinting community volunteers Charlie & Pat Merriam

2016 – 4 Grand Marshals chosen to celebrate the BH-BL School District’s Centennial: Bev Oudt, Class of 1949; Ginny Mottola, Class of 1951; Casey Doherty, Class of 2016; and Zane Waylett, Class of 2029

2017 – The Morris Family who have supported this parade since its beginning in 2002 and whose patriarch founded and was the first President of the Business and Professional Association which sponsors this parade

2018 – The Burnt Hills Fire Department as they celebrate its 100th anniversary serving the community

2019 – Rick Reynolds, BHBL educator, town Historian, and parade Chairman for many years

2020 – Parade canceled due to COVID

2021 – Parade canceled due to COVID

2022 – The Brewster Family, owners of Gil’s Garage, and active in the BHBL community for many years

2023 – The Knight Family who have operated an orchard in Ballston for over 100 years