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Patton Grandson to Speak at Rye Memorial Day Observance

American legionThe grandson of one of the great military leaders in history will be the guest and speaker at the Memorial Day observance held by Rye Post 128 of the American Legion scheduled for the City of Rye Village Green at 10:00 AM on May 28, 2012.

Patton-BenjaminBenjamin Patton, the youngest grandson of WWII's General George S. Patton, Jr. and son of the late Major General George S. Patton, will speak on the Rye Village Green.

He is a Manhattan-based documentary filmmaker specializing in producing biographies for individuals and families. A former producer at New York City’s PBS affiliate, he recently developed the I Was There Media Project initiative, which organizes filmmaking workshops designed especially for veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress. Mr. Patton is the author of the recently released Berkley book, Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom. The book foreword is written by Rye resident and ABC news journalist Bob Woodruff.

Here are the details on the ceremonies:

Advance of Colors
Pledge of Allegiance

  • Father Joseph Lim, Lt. Col. USAF Ret. Church of the Resurrection, Invocation and Benediction
  • George Sczcerba, Post Commander, opening remarks
  • Hon. Doug French, opening remarks
  • Hon. George Latimer, opening remarks
  • Benjamin Patton, Principal Speaker:
  • Matthew Pike, a student at Resurrection School will recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
  • Arthur Stampleman will receive the Americanism Award
  • John M. Kingery Memorial Essay Contest winners will be announced with prizes provided by Rye Ford Subaru
  • James McKenzie will receive the Eagle Scout Award
  • Frank Tolme will receive and award for heroic actions during World War II
  • John M. Durkee will be announced as the Post’s selection for Boys’ State
  • Placing of Wreaths – Reading of WW I War Dead
  • Robin Latimer will sing God Bless America
  • Dan Brown, or someone selected by him, will play Taps

Retreat the Colors


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