After much consideration and with the health and safety of the community as our number one concern, the BH-BL BPA Parade Committee has decided to cancel the 2021 Flag Day Parade.
This was a difficult decision but was based on the actions taken with other local events and most importantly, the protocols required by the Health Department.
There will be no alternate event planned for this year but we look forward to our next parade, June 9, 2022.
It was the most community-building event we’ve had in the ten years I’ve lived here.
That parade was the most emotional, incredible thing.
What a beautiful evening! I think our community has really needed something like this.
Each year we host the Annual “ROUTE 50 MILE.” This one-mile road race will be run 5 minutes before the parade directly down the parade route. This event is presented by: Community Human Services and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business and Professional Association. For more information, please contact CHS at (518) 399-4624.
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 cancelled 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