Once again, the City of Rye will carry on its tradition of honoring its deceased veterans on Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.
Rye American Legion Post 128 and the Auxiliary will sponsor a parade, beginning at the Rye Train Station at 9:30 a.m. and proceeding along Purchase Street to the Village Green for ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.
(PHOTO: Rye's Memorial Day Parade 2015.)
The public is invited to enjoy the exciting and historic horse-drawn Wells Fargo stagecoach from Wells Fargo Bank, the Larchmont Historical Society's 1928 antique firetruck, the Jay Heritage Center's horse-drawn hay wagon, marching bands and participating organizations, scouts and schools. The Rye Historical Society will provide horses and riders. Unique antique cars will also travel the parade route.
At 10:30 a.m., American Legion Post 128 Commander Fred de Barros will begin the formal ceremony on the Village Green. Fr. Joe Lim from the Church of the Resurrection will offer the opening prayer in remembrance of all deceased soldiers. City Council member Terence McCartney will greet guests and the keynote speaker will be Rabbi Dr. Robert Rothman, former spiritual leader of the Rye Community Synagogue. Other speakers include Sen. George Latimer and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker. Members of the Rye City Council and the Rye Board of Education will also be in attendance.
The annual Americanism Award will be presented to Lauren Dempsey, president of the Rye High School Adopt a US Soldier Club, and Marie Carlucci, adviser for the program.
The ceremony features the traditional reading of the Gettysburg Address and the reading of the names of those from Rye who fought and perished in the wars of the 20th century. The John M. Kingery Memorial Day Essay Contest Award will be presented to Rye High School student Adam Chen and runners-up Julia Laber and James Cronin.
The program also includes the recognition of Eagle Scouts David Schindler and Casimir Harshbarger.
Robin Latimer, president of the American Legion Auxiliary will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Prior to the parade, members of the Rye Fire Department will conduct a brief ceremony and lay flowers at the monument in the circle at Milton Road and Grace Church Street at 8:15 a.m. The monument honors Rye firefighters who served their nation.
The public is invited to attend the parade and all ceremonies.