Once again, the City of Rye will carry on its tradition of honoring its deceased veterans on Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017.
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.
The public is invited to enjoy music, marchers, trucks and cars. The Rye Historical Society will provide horses and riders. Unique antique cars will also travel the parade route.
(PHOTO: Keynote speaker Dockery)
At 10:30 a.m., American Legion Post 128 Commander Fred de Barros will begin the formal ceremony on the Village Green. Rye City Mayor Joseph Sack will greet guests. The keynote speaker will be Rye resident and Vietnam veteran Martin Dockery. Other speakers include Sen. George Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis. Members of the Rye City Council and the Rye Board of Education will also be in attendance.
As keynote speaker, Martin Dockery will share his experience and perspectives. In September 1962, when Dockery landed in Saigon, he was a young, determined, idealistic U.S. Army first lieutenant convinced of America’s imminent victory in Vietnam. While most of the twelve thousand U.S. military advisors in-country at the time filled support positions in Saigon and other major cities, Dockery was one of a handful of advisors assigned to Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) combat units.
For eight months Dockery lived and fought in the heart of the Mekong Delta with an ARVN infantry battalion on missions and operations that often lasted several days. Martin’s book Lost in Translation: Vietnam: A Combat Advisor’s Story provides inescapable evidence that as early as 1962 the writing was already on the wall concerning the outcome of the Vietnam War.
The annual Americanism Award will be presented to Tom Saunders, former Commander of Rye Post 128, and dedicated leader around Rye at SPRYE and the Rye Rotary.
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 Awards will be presented to winning Rye High School students. The program will also include recognition of Rye Eagle Scouts.
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.