Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Remembrance Ceremony


On Monday-30-May the Bogota American Legion Clifford Dunn Post #117  and the Bogota VFW Ralph Hall Post #5561 Memorial Day Remembrance Service. This was held on the steps of the Bogota Borough Hall To start the ceremony VFW Commander Mr. Alex Hernandez led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The opening invocation Pastor Jodi Wu of Bogart Memorial Church. Walter Croft Commander of the American Legion Post #11  was the first speaker to talk about the meaning of Memorial Day.
   The next to speak  was Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen  who welcomed all who took the time on a Monday Morning to remember not only those from Bogota who have lost their lives on duty, the all members of the US Armed Forces who gave their lives for the nation. 
  Then Mr. Thomas Gates, a Veteran from World War II, remembered his Brother Sgt. Beecher Gates.  Sgt Gates served in the European Theatre and was awarded the Silver Star for his taking out an enemy machine gun nest. He would later be killed during the Battle of the Bulge.  Sgt Gates had an Army Camp in Eastern Germany named in his honor. 
  This was  followed by Bogota High School Seniors Ms. Kyla Lowery and Ms. Maryann Gesmundo talking about what Memorial Day means to them. Each shared a story about how having a Family member  in the Armed Forces  affects the entire Family , not  just the Women and Men who serve.
  The final two ceremonies were the reading of the names of service personal from Bogota who are now “absent”. After each name was read out loud, a poppy was place on a cross in front of the War Memorial in Borough Hall park. This was done by the VFW Auxiliary President and the American Legion Auxiliary President with Luciana Migale assisting. After the last flower was placed members of the Bogota High School Band played TAPS for the fallen Americans.  Next a wreath was place near the Memorial to those service personnel  who are Prisoners of War, or Missing  In Action. This was accompanied by
  Bagpiper Mike Sorrentino lead  Marianne Pigoncelli to place a wreath at the Memorial for POW-MIA. 
  The ceremony ended with Pastor Lisa Holiday of Trinity  Lutheran Church, and  Deacon Kevin Regan of St. Joseph’s Church giving the closing Benediction. 

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