Over one hundred New Rochelle residents, young and old, veterans and civilians, gathered this morning at Beechwood Cemetery for the 33rd Annual United Veterans & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle Memorial service to honor the men and women who went to war to defend their country and never returned. Three hundred New Rochelle residents served and were killed in action.Read more
The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle and the City of New Rochelle will again present the Memorial Day Parade on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011.
This year’s event is sponsored through the generosity of Monroe College.
Themed “We Remember”, the Memorial Day Parade honors the memory and contribution of those who died in service to our country. A special tribute will be paid this year to Vietnam Veterans. This year’s Grand Marshals are Brigadier General Donald B. Smith and Brigadier General of 101st Airborne Fermijon Marrero.
“The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association is very proud to bring back the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade for a fourth straight year,” said UVMPA Parade Coordinator Peter Parente. “We encourage everyone to attend the ceremony at Memorial Plaza, line the streets along the parade route, and fall in behind the parade to Hudson Park to show ‘WE REMEMBER’ that freedom is NOT free.”Read more
Sunday, May 29 - 9:00 a.m.
Decoration of Graves at Beechwoods, Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries
Begins with a ceremony at the Beechwoods Cemetery Civil War memorial to observe the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war. Followed by flag replacement on graves of soldiers and veterans at Beechwoods and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries.
Monday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Day Parade “We Remember”
Memorial Plaza-Hudson Park
Join us as “We Remember” on Monday, May 30. Event begins with at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony at Memorial Plaza followed by a parade and procession to Hudson Park via Huguenot Street, North Avenue and Pelham Road for a waterfront ceremony honoring those lost at sea. Special salute to Vietnam Veterans. Featuring NRPD, NRFD, active duty Marines and Sailors from Fleet Week, NRHS and Trinity School bands, schools and civic groups, military from every branch and many special surprises!
Line the sidewalks and fall in behind the parade and join the procession to the park!Read more
Let me share an important thought. The most important thing you can do on Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day – is to honor those American veterans that made the greatest sacrifice. Remember, they made this sacrifice so that you can live in our free and democratic society. Your backyard BBQ and all other activities on Memorial Day are not as important as honoring our brave military service-members that died in the defense of our country.
New Rochelle’s Memorial Day ceremony takes place at 10:30am on May 30 at Memorial Plaza on Memorial Highway (between Main & Huguenot). A parade down to Hudson Park follows the ceremony. Please mark your schedule to attend the ceremony and parade.
Here is some history on Memorial Day from HISTORY.COM: (http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history)
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Monroe College joined in with local contributers in support of one of New Rochelle's greatest celebrations, the 2011 Memorial Day Parade. Monroe College made a generous contribution to the City of New Rochelle's community celebration fund in order to support our parade, which happens to be one of the largest parades in Westchester County.Read more
Monroe joins local contributors in support of community celebration
Monroe College has agreed to make a generous contribution to the City of New Rochelle’s community celebration fund in order to support the 2011 Memorial Day Parade.
In adopting its 2011 budget, the New Rochelle City Council preserved funding for the overtime costs associated with the Memorial Day Parade, Thanksgiving Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks, but eliminated funding for all other costs, with the expectation of soliciting and obtaining private contributions to maintain these much-beloved events.
John & Charles Valenti have previously committed to maintaining their sponsorship of the Thanksgiving Parade. Monroe’s generosity joins that of veterans groups, local businesses and community groups to ensure that the Memorial Day Parade, presented by the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association and the City of New Rochelle, returns for another successful year.
"Monroe College's leadership exemplifies the kind of public-private partnership through which we can preserve our important community celebrations, even at a time of fiscal challenge,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.Read more
On Memorial Day 2010 the American Legion on North Avenue hosted a breakfast for the fleet week troops that marched in the New Rochelle Memorial Day parade.
Here are a few photos from the breakfast event:
American Legion Hall
Troops getting off the bus and greeted by Peter Parente
Prayer before breakfast
Buffet style service
Breakfast for our troops
Hats off to the volunteers working in the kitchen at the American Legion. The trays of pancakes just kept coming.
One volunteer tearfully told me that he volunteered at the American Legion in honor of his friend of 14 years who did not come back from Vietnam.
It was wonderful to see the troops who were so polite and respectable. It was an honor to see them and help in some small way to serve breakfast.Read more
... "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
- from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863