Memorial Day 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

While the weather was "iffy" the sense of pur­pose was anything but when several hundred people gathered at the Westhampton Ceme­tery for the annual services of remembrance!

The 50-minute ceremony featured speak­ers...shortened a tad due to the threatening weather and the incapacitation of one of the scheduled speakers... offering remarks about service to country and personal sacrifice.

Included on the program were "Ham" Andon, Al Tudisco, Rita Wyatt, Pete Cuthbert, Bill Dalton, Michael Pope, Michael Jacobs, 106th ANG Wing Commander Tom Owens III and Bill Matthews, with opening Invocation and closing Benediction courtesy of Father Patrick of Saint Marks Church.

Westhampton Beach Fire Fire Al Tudisco
Al Tudisco, Chief of the Westhampton Beach Fire
Department, made some opening remarks.
Colonel Pete Cuthbert's moving tribute to a particular heroic action during the Korean War by a former classmate.
Colonel Pete Cuthbert gave a moving tribute to a particularly heroic action during the Korean War by a former classmate.
The traditional setting of the wreath by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350
The traditional setting of the wreath by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350

At the end of the affecting ceremony, everyone either went home or repaired to American Legion Post 834 for refreshments.

The honored dead remained... remembered for another year.

Comments

1. Hampton West said...

Not too many flags flying in my 'hood from porches. The most prominent one was from the home of a Columbian couple who are naturalized citizens who occsionally complain to me about the illegals who live the neighborhood. The wife reminds me she knows who the 5th president of the U.S. was because it was on the test.

Gotta love that!

(Monroe, right... last of the Founding Fathers of our Country?)
Dean

2. Hampton West said...

Yes, you got it, and as she says "I know all about the Monroe Doctrine, Kennedy used it in the Cuban missile crisis!"

Or, say "Goodnight," Gracie.smiley
Dean

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