Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Program 2011

Monday 30-2011
 The Borough of Bogota held their ceremonies to honour the Men and Women who have served the country in the Armed Services. As well as remembering those who are no longer with us. The program was held in front of Borough Hall,and opened to the public.
 Lynn Teale  opened the service by singing the Star-Spangled banner.Then the crowd was lead in the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Alex Hernandez of VFW Post #5561. Rev.  Peter Olsen ,of trinity Lutheran Church gave the Invocation. Walter Croft, of American Legion post #117 had some introductory remarks ,the introduced Mayor Pat Mchale who welcomed those who had attended.
It was a small crowd who attended with a mixed of ages showing that the young veterans of the country most recent  conflicts are standing with their older veterans , some who maybe Father ,or Grandfathers, to help honoured those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The featured speakers were from local schools. Andrew Gilbert,& James Martin, from Bogota HS. Along with Patrick Caoile,& George Shaker from St.Joseph's gave their speeches on what Memorial Day meant to them. Then the names of the Veterans who are "absent" were read with poppy blossoms to comemoreate each lost comrade. A final tribute was paid to those who are listed as MIA as a wreath was layed at the POW-MIA Memorial in honour of  William Ryan & Albert Graf, as Mike Sorrentino played "Amazing Grace"On the Bag Pipes. The Program ended with Fr. Richard Supple of St. Joseph's Church.

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