CNY Memorial Day Watchfire

Watchfire night event

The Watchfire stems from the military tradition that following a battle or long march, a large fire would be started so those missing or lost could locate and rejoin their comrades. Using that time honored model symbolically, we use the warmth and light of our Watchfire to guide everyone to join us in reflection of those comrades who have gone before us and made our nation strong through their service and sacrifice.

The Watchfire and accompanying ceremony makes Memorial Day more meaningful for everyone in the community. Veterans and Non-Veterans are invited to gather at the Watchfire to honor those who have so faithfully served the nation.

Come to the CNY Watchfire to make Memorial Day an event that honors all those who have served and given their all for our way of life.

The ceremony and lighting of the pyre commence at dusk (approx. 9pm), but make sure to go earlier to get a good spot! Food and drink vendors will be on-site.

The Watchfire also allows the community with an opportunity to respectfully retire unserviceable American Flags. You are encouraged to bring tattered, worn or faded American Flags for respectful burning on the pyre. Previous to the event, flags can be dropped of at four designated American Legion Post sites:

  • Cicero - 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero, NY 13039
  • East Syracuse - 135 W Manlius Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057
  • Valley - 110 Academy Street, Syracuse, NY 13207
  • Skaneateles - 1 Wainwright Lane, Skaneateles, NY 13152

The CNY Watchfire is a rain or shine event.