It's Armistice Day...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Armistice Day... be sure to stop a moment around 11:00 am and thank a Vet.

And it's appropriate to mount a photograph, circa 1944, of a patriotic local gal, Dorothy Overton, and a serviceman from Michigan, Andy Wind, on the edge of the Village Green in front of one of my favorite spots to visit when I was in my early single digits.

Memorial Triptych on the Village Green, 1942-1950

That was an important local landmark for me, for as long as my Dad's name was still there in blue and white, he would have a chance to re­turn home... unlike those in gold with black such as Bruce Kavan and Ralph Fountain who were killed in action.

(All the names are on the Village Website as part of a project Ham Andon and I did some years ago.)

That memorial triptych was taken down around the time of the Korean War, and in its stead was built the War Memorial Ambulance Build­ing on Mill Road, where George Vickers now has his business.

Another little piece of the Village in which I was raised, gone like "Num-ber please" and a nickel phosphate at Sheeley's soda fountain.

Thank a Vet!


1. EastEnd68 said...

Thank you for the reminder

2. Paul Haines said...


3. Hampton West said...

Nice touch. Least we forget. God bless them all.

4. Carpetbagger said...

I always wonder about a plaque bearing the name of Stanley C. Mill that was tacked to the wall of his men's club "shed." I knew it wouldn't have come from an office door! Mystery solved and yes, blue and white. God Bless our Vets!

Don't know what "shed" you're referencing, but it sounds like that plaque could have come off the original triptych... when it was decommissioned, of course.
– Dean

5. Carpetbagger said...

Definitely came off that triptych; this plaque looks just like the others. Stan saved everything! Thanks for posting the pic. Another gold and black would be Rodney Dayton, brother to Victor who owned the market after Gelston Walters retired.

Never knew Rodney, of course... he didn't come home.

Lotta great old names listed on that memorial, everyone from Norrie Abbott to Joe Zaneski. It's good to remember this on this day.

6. Bill Kavan said...

Nice Post, Dean!

7. Tugboat Bertha said...

Your last sentence: "Another piece of the Village in which I was raised gone like 'Num-ber please'..." really resonated. And I think of Quiogue, and Quogue, and Tiana and Aspatuck, names that newcomers consistently mispronounce, and I realize that when all of us old timers are gone nothing will be the way it was. Even the sounds of these precious local names will disappear with us.

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