Once again, the City of Rye will carry on its tradition of honoring deceased veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019.
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 immediately following the parade at approximately 10:00 am.
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: Memorial Day speaker, Rye resident, Post 128 Legionnaire and Gulf War veteran Terry McCartney.)
American Legion Post 128 Commander Fred de Barros will lead the formal ceremony on the Village Green. Rye City Mayor Josh Cohn and County Executive George Latimer will greet guests. The keynote speaker will be Rye resident, Post 128 Legionnaire and Gulf War veteran Terry McCartney. Members of the Rye City Council and the Rye Board of Education will also be in attendance.
The annual Rye American Legion Post 128 Americanism Award will be presented to Sally Rogol of Rye Recreation.
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 and Girl Scouts.
Robin Latimer, president of the American Legion Auxiliary will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. She will be accompanied by students from Milton School.
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.