Memorial Day weekend is here, and while you are enjoying the 3-day weekend off from work or school, please take time to remember what this holiday is all about. It is a day to remember the brave men and women who laid down their lives in service to our country.

Every year, Chris and I go to the Memorial Day Parade in Endicott and then we walk to the Veteran's Memorial Park across the street from the high school. They hold a service there to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

The parade and the service combined only lasts for about an hour. And even though it is a small token of gratitude, it reminds me to be thankful for all the blessings we have in this country, thanks in large part to those men and women that we honor on Memorial Day.

There are numerous parades and services throughout Broome County on Memorial Day, Some of which are listed below.

Binghamton: The annual Memorial Day City Parade will being at 2 p.m. Monday. Starting at the American Legion Post 80, 76 Main st. and continue down Main St. to Court St., and then on to the Broome County Courthouse where a ceremony will take place.

Town of Binghamton; A Parade will be held Monday morning at 10 a.m. starting at the fire station in Hawleyton.

Endicott: The Memorial Day Parade will get underway at 10:30 in the morning, and proceed down Washington Ave to the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Main St. across from the High School. A service will held there at 11 a.m.

Johnson City: The VFW and American Legion have teamed up to organize a parade from Ozalid Road to Main St. with a ceremony to follow at the gazebo at the park. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

Owego: The Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:30 at the Owego Police Station on Temple St and proceeds down North Ave, to Main Street, and then on to Front St. A Service of Remembrance will follow at the Tioga County Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Courthouse.

Oxford: The town of Oxford has several ceremonies being held on Memorial day including a parade that will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Oxford American Legion Post on South Washington Ave.

Parades will also be held in Maine at 9 a.m., Afton and Greene at 10 a.m. And Whitney Point at 11.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have a great safe Memorial Day Weekend, and please don’t forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.