Earlier Monday morning the Bogota post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ralph Hall post #5561, and the American Legion, Clifford Dunn post #117 held their Memorial Day service in front of the Bogota Borough Hall. With the traditional remembrance of fall members of the Bogota Fire Dept. preceding it. This year, for the first time, Walter Croft of the American Legion sent out an invitation to the Navy to see if there would be any service personnel from Fleet Week that would be interested in joining the ceremonies. The response was that over 40 men & women on active duty can out to Bogota to help honour all members of the worlds armed forces, past and present, to give of themselves to help others.
The United States Marine Corp. was represented by the men of Charlie Company 1st Battalion 9th Marine. The U.S. Navy had ten sailors from USS Roosevelt attending. Finally in recognition of the allied forces Fourth year Cadets from the Spanish training vessel Juan Sebastian De Elcano.
The ceremonies began with Lynn Teale leading the crowd in singing the Star Spangled Banner. VFW Commander Hernandez then lead the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Peter Olsen ,of Trinity Lutheran presented the Invocation, before Commander Hernandez welcome the crowd, and the guest to Bogota. Mayor Pat McHale spoke in also welcoming those had chosen to attend. Next can the reading of the Honour Roll for those members who are now "absent". With the help of Emily Sinclair for the American Legion, and Lillian Stevenson from the VFW, poppies were place on a cross in front of the World War I Monument in tribute to fallen members who have served the country. The final tribute was the laying of a wreath at the monument for MIA / POW's. This was done by Kathy Fry from the American Legion women's auxiliary. She was escorted by a Marine Color Guard consisting Kevin Brakhage & Donald Brackin II from Charlie Company. This was accompanied by Mike Sorrention playing Amazing Grace on his Bag pipes. Father Richard Supple of St. Joseph's gave the Benediction, and lead the crowd in singing America the Beautiful.
American Legion Commander Croft ended the ceremonies by thanking all who came to attend , and a special thanks to the Men & Women from Fleet Week who had come to New Jersey to attend. The crowd then gave those service personnel there own round of applause. Before, and after, the ceremony many of the citizens of Bogota gave a personal thanks to the service Men & Women, as well as welcoming to the Borough.
|The visiting service personnel join the Fire Dept in the remembrance ceremony|
|VFW Commander Hernandez welcoming the crowd|
|Lynn Teale singing the National Anthem|
|Pastor Olsen with the invocation|
|Mayor Pat McHale addressing the crowd.|
|Poppies being added to remember the fallen|
|Kathy Fry(C) with Marine escorts Brakhage (L) & Brackin|
|American legion Commander Croft thanking the crows & the Active Duty Personnel for attending.|
|Father Richard Supple giving the Benediction|
|Citizens of Bogota applauding for the service personnel in attendance.|
|Borough Hall behind the MIA/ POW monument.|