Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance
Penfield's Memorial DayPenfield's Memorial DayThe Town of Penfield holds an annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on the last Monday in May at 10:30 AM. The ceremony is held at Penfield Amphitheater, in the shadow of the beautiful Veterans Memorial, in Veterans Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, behind the Town Hall.

This moving ceremony features a variety of tributes to veterans, including a guest speaker, essays by middle school students, and reflective music.

A highlight of the ceremony is Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses. During this time, community members honor and remember fallen military personnel with a rose placed on the Veterans Memorial monument stone. 

Participate and honor a fallen service member, please email us.

For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Sabrina at Penfield Recreation at 585-340-8655.

Watch past Memorial Day videos  (YouTube)

May 27, 2024
Guest speaker: Tim Hardy, Retired Navy Captain

2024 Memorial Day Essay Contest Supported by American Legion Braman Post 1229

All students, grades 6-8, in all Penfield schools, or who are Penfield residents, are invited to submit essays to compete in the Town of Penfield annual Memorial Day Essay Contest. The 2024 topic is "How are you Inspired by America?"

Complete information and entry form are available here.

The contest entry deadline is Friday, May 3, 2024.

ESSAY TOPIC: How are you Inspired by America?

Essays should be 500 words or less, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and no more than two (2) pages in length. Please do not put names directly on the entry. Please submit the entry form attached to the essay for identification.

Essays are judged by a panel and each entry is ranked for excellence by each judge. All entries are marked only with a number for identification before being sent to the judges, to assure fairness. 

The top three entries will receive cash awards:
1st place: $150
2nd place: $125
3rd place: $100

Winners must be able to be present at the Town of Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, to be eligible to win.

All entries must be submitted to the Town of Penfield. Please send entries to:
Memorial Day Essay Contest
c/o Penfield Recreation
1985 Baird Rd.
Penfield, NY 14526

All entries become the property of the Town of Penfield. Any questions can be answered by calling (585) 340-8651.