HON­OR­ING THE FALLEN

Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony keeps alive the mem­ory of those who gave ev­ery­thing for free­dom

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Leah McDon­ald lm­c­don­[email protected]­dadis­patch.com @Onei­daDis­patch

ONEIDA, N.Y. >> For sev­eral years, Lee Man­war­ren would visit the grave of a friend’s fa­ther to lay a flag on the vet­eran’s rest­ing place. It was an old cus­tom his friend had al­ways loved. This year, his friend’s grave lay be­side the fa­ther’s, and was a po­tent re­minder of why Man­war­ren and oth­ers cel­e­brate Me­mo­rial Day: So that no sol­dier is for­got­ten.

“To­day we honor those, now gone, who made the cause of Amer­ica their supreme choice,” Mayor Leo Matzke on Fri­day as he wel­comed the hun­dreds gath­ered at Tri­an­gle Park in cel­e­bra­tion of Me­mo­rial Day. “The graves at Oneida and across our coun­try, now dec­o­rated by flags, re­mind us that free­dom is not free. The mil­i­tary vet­eran rest­ing there lived sup­port­ing the lives and val­ues that cre­ate the back­bone of our na­tion, and it is our solemn duty to re­mem­ber them and to keep th­ese val­ues alive so that their lives will not be lost in vain nor go un­re­mem­bered, for their lives were not com­mit­ted to con­flict or to death, but to our free­doms and to our safety.”

“Our gath­er­ing is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across this na­tion this week­end and ev­ery­day. It’s not a lot, but it’s one small way we can honor those who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice so we can live in free­dom,” said U.S. Army

“It is our solemn duty to re­mem­ber them and to keep th­ese val­ues alive so that their lives will not be lost in vain nor go un­re­mem­bered, for their lives were not com­mit­ted to con­flict or to death, but to our free­doms and to our safety.”

— Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke

Staff Sgt. Ru­dolph Closs.

Ac­tive ser­vice mem­bers and vet­er­ans from all parts of the mil­i­tary gath­ered be­fore the vet­er­ans me­mo­rial un­der steely skies to re­mem­ber those who died in ser­vice to the coun­try. Among them were Abra­ham Lin­coln re-en­ac­tor John Baylis, who read the Get­tys­burg Ad­dress; Gold Star mother Vicky Arnold, who with Scott Arnold raised the Amer­i­can flag asHoly Cross Academy stu­dent Glo­ria Twal sang the na­tional an­them; and theMarine Corps League, who placed the sol­dier’s cross in front of the me­mo­rial.

Mem­bers of the Oneida Amer­i­can Le­gion and the Sons of Union Vet­er­ans of the Civil War placed cer­e­mo­nial wreaths at the foot of the mon­u­ment, upon which is in­scribed “Ded­i­cated to the noble deeds of the men and women of this com­mu­nity who served their coun­try in war to pre­serve the free­dom of hu­man­ity for ages to come.”

North Broad Street El­e­men­tary stu­dents joined the cer­e­mony, signs slung across their shoul­ders bear­ing the names of Oneida’s fallen sol­diers from the Civil War through Afghanista­n as lo­cal vet­er­ans read the roll call of thedead. And Al­li­son Winn of Holy Cross Academy gave the Youth Salute to Vet­er­ans.

“As Amer­i­cans, may we never for­get those who fought for our free­dom and may we cel­e­brate their lives and the lives of those who have truly made Amer­ica the land of the free and the home of the brave,” said Closs. “Truly no Amer­i­can has loved us more than the ser­vice mem­bers who have of­fered their last breath to se­cure that which we cher­ish. Un­der­neath ev­ery­thing we hold dear is the blood of those whom we owe our deep­est re­spect and fidelity. If you stop and lis­ten closely, not with your ears but with your heart, you can hear the whisper of the army of the dead as they leave be­hind a life on earth wor­thy of honor, re­mem­brance and grat­i­tude. They un­ceas­ingly ut­ter ‘I love you to death’.”

“Let this Me­mo­rial Day be a be­gin­ning of a new com­mit­ment, a cel­e­bra­tion of a re­birth in both our coun­try and our city, and let us take the week­end, let us cel­e­brate the mem­ory of those who gave ev­ery­thing to keep our coun­try free,” Matzke said.

Up­com­ingMe­mo­ri­alDay ob­ser­vances in­clude:

Munnsville

The town of Stockbridg­e, Munnsville Fire Depart­ment, Stockbridg­e Ru­ri­tans and Munnsville Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 54 will co­or­di­nate the Me­mo­rial Day Pa­rade. The pa­rade is sched­uled for Sun­day, May 26, at 9 a.m. and will start at St. Therese Church in Munnsville and end at Car­lon Field. Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held fol­low­ing the pa­rade at Stockbridg­e Park at 10 a.m. From noon to 3 p.m., Matt and Thelma Chase will be play­ing at Car­lon Field Pav­il­lion. At 9 p.m., fire­works by Ma­jes­tic Fire­works can be seen from Car­lon Field.

Sher­rill

The Sher­rill Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 230 works with theCi­tyof Sher­rill to­co­or­di­nate the Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade. The pa­rade is sched­uled for Mon­day, May 27. The line­up­will take place in front of the Sher­rill Com­mu­ni­tyAc­tiv­ity Cen­ter at 139 E. Hamil­ton Ave. at 8:30 a.m. The pa­radewill start at 8:45 a.m. at Sher­rill Road and East Hamil­ton Av­enue and con­tinue to Me­mo­rial Park on Sher­rill Road, across from City Hall. Af­ter the pa­rade, there will be a cer­e­mony in­Me­mo­rial Park and an open house at the Sher­rill Amer­i­can Le­gion.

Durhamvill­e

The Durhamvill­e (ANM) Vet­er­ans Club will hold its an­nual Me­mo­rial Day ser­vices on Mon­day, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. A wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony will be held at the World War I me­mo­rial in Durhamvill­e. This will be fol­lowed by a Me­mo­rial Day ser­vice in front of the Durhamvill­e Vet­er­ans Club­house.

Ver­non Cen­ter

The an­nual Ver­non Cen­ter Me­mo­rial Day Pa­rade will be­gin on Mon­day, May 27 at 9 a.m. at the Ver­non Cen­ter Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, there will be a me­mo­rial ser­vice held at the Ver­non Cen­ter Ceme­tery.

Ver­non

The Ver­non Me­mo­rial Day Pa­rade will be held on Mon­day, May 27 at 11 a.m., start­ing at the Ver­non Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 404. Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, there will be a com­mem­o­ra­tion cel­e­bra­tion for the 100th birth­day of the Amer­i­can Le­gion.

LEAH MCDON­ALD - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Rick Warham of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Oneida Post 169places a wreath dur­ing the city of Oneida’s an­nual Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony on Fri­day, May 24, 2019.

PHO­TOS BY LEAH MCDON­ALD - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

The city of Oneida holds its an­nual Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade on Fri­day, May 24, 2019.

LEAH MCDON­ALD - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Res­i­dents leave re­mem­brance flow­ers in front of the vet­er­ans me­mo­rial in Tri­an­gle Park dur­ing the city of Oneida’s an­nual Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony on Fri­day, May 24, 2019.

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