On this Memorial Day morning the Bogota American Legion Clifford Dunn Post 117, and the Bogota VFW Ralph Hall Post 5561 held their Memorial Day Remembrance service in front of Bogota Borough Hall. Along with Mayor Tito Jackson and some members of the Borough Council there were Women & Men from the 2nd Marine Air Wing who are in the New York Area for the Fleet Week festivities in New York. The units that were represented are from the VMM-266, HMH, 464, & HMLA-269 who joined in the morning ceremonies. The Marines were saluted by by VFW Commander Alex Hernandez in his speech about remember the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Cmdr Hernandez also took the time to thank the Veterans that attended the service for their Service to the Country. In his speech Cmdr Hernandez also mentioned the debt of services that many of the Armed Forces gave to the county. What he said was: Each soldier, sailor, marine, and airman before leaving to go to combat wrote a check out to each one of us. On it, the amount said “in the amount of and up to and beyond my life”. It was the most costly check they ever wrote. This is how they paved the way and paid for our freedom. Please keep them in your prayers, especially on Memorial Day, and remember what our freedom cost, not in money, but in sacrifice.
Then the names of the Bogota Citizens who did not have the opportunity to return home were read allowed as one poppy for each was placed on a cross in front of the Bogota War Monument. This was done by Mary Wagner & Terry McElory who were assisted by "Poppy Girls" Emma Fowler & Leah Perez. Next Rebecca Pigoncelli was escorted by Lance Corporals Jonathan Muniz and Brando Parks as she placed a wreath at the POW-MIA Monument. Then after a moment of silence Taps were played by students of the Bogota High School Marching Band.
Cmdr Croft ended the Service by thanking all who had taken the time to attend.
|Reverend Tim Graff of St. Joseph Church with the Innovation|
|VFW Cmdr Alex Hernandez leading the Pledge of Allegiance|
|American Legion Cmdr Walter Croft|
|Bogota Mayor Tito Jackson|
|The Marines in attendance.|
|Poppies being place to remember fallen|
|Mike Sorrentino lead the procession.|
|Lcpl's Muniz & Parks escort Rebecca Pigoncelli|
|A moment of Silence.|
|Pastor Jodi Wu from Bogart Reform Church.|
|The wreath at the POW-MIA monument.|