Memorial Day 2014 includes parades, remembrances and plans for the future

East Syracuse Elementary students Luke Liedka and Tom and Gordon Gallery present the flag at this morning's Veterans' Park re-dedication

Communities all over Central New York are remembering veterans, and those who've died in service to the country on this Memorial Day.

There are parades and wreath layings, and commemorative speeches and prayers, and in East Syracuse, a bit more:

The Veterans Memorial Park in East Syracuse, built in the mid-80s was re-dedicated this morning, with a promise of ongoing care from elementary students.

Luke Liedka, a first grader, helped organize a school fund drive, and now a year-round fund is being set up to ensure flowers and wreaths for the memorial. He received a Sons of the Legion honorary cap from the East Syracuse American Legion for his efforts. He, and his friends Gordon and Thomas Gallery also addressed the gathering, and helped raise the first new flag over the memorial.

The refurbished memorial (in front of the big 'United We Stand 911 memorial on the west side of the village) now also includes a wall with plaques representing the military services, and will be lit at night to make it more visible.

Also at this morning's East Syracuse ceremony, the director of the SU Law School Veterans Services Program announced that their efforts will be the first in the state to go year-round to help military and veterans with legal issues. Tom Caruso tells us that a full-time staffer will be hired this summer, and that law students will also be taught veterans and military law.