Town Sticks to Annual Traditions

 

It’s about tradition.

That was the message members of the Whitehall American Legion sent as they presented their annual Memorial Day service and parade on Monday.

 

“There are a lot of places that either have gotten rid of their services or tied a tag sale or different event to them,” said Jim Lafayette, who annually coordinates the event for the Legion. “Here, we want to keep it the same as it always has been and pay tribute to those who sacrificed, nothing more.”

“I want to thank everyone for coming and supporting this ceremony,” said Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Judge Julie Scott. “It really shows what kind of a community we are that we still do this ceremony. It’s a real testament to the people of Whitehall and to the American Legion.”

Three Memorial Day ceremonies were held, starting with the annual Mass at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. At the start of the parade, members of the legion stopped at the Naval Park to commemorate the day, followed by the rest of the parade and the services held in Veterans Park.

Along with the ceremonies, Cathy Aiken, Whitehall’s sole Gold Star mother whose son was killed in action in Vietnam, placed a wreath at both parks.

“Whitehall had 26 Gold Star mothers in World War II,” said Lafayette. “We gained more in Korea and even more in Vietnam. Let’s pray that Mrs. Aiken never has a replacement on this stage. It has been 39 years since Whitehall has lost someone to war, and that’s a good thing.”

Also speaking at the ceremony were Village Mayor Francis “Fra” Putorti and Town Supervisor Vernon Scribner.

“These are the individuals that we must not allow to be forgotten this Memorial Day, the common soldier who died an uncommon death, the death of a hero,” said Scribner.

“The responsibility to remember their service and their acts is now ours so that they did not die in vain,” said Putorti. “Today is the day that out country honors the most significant sacrifice that a person can make.”

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bridge to open to two lanes this weekend

Bridge

By Dan King State Department of Transportation will be opening the Poultney Street Bridge back to two lanes of traffic […]

Graduates reflect on turbulent year, big farewell

DSC_1783

By Dan King It was a school year that saw its fair share of ups and downs, and the Whitehall […]

Eighty-eight grads celebrate mountains, milestones

1a

By Christina Scanlon Bags of M&M candies were distributed to the graduating seniors at Granville Junior-Senior High School Friday night, […]

‘Rejuvenated’ museum ready for new season

Museum 2

By Dan King Skenesborough Museum opened its doors for the 56th year on Sunday and museum director Carol Greenough is […]

Music, food, fireworks offered

By Christina Scanlon The New York Players have been a favorite for years as part of the Village Summer Concert […]

O’Shea continues as interim principal

Jane O'Shea

By Dan King When the Whitehall Board of Education scheduled a special meeting for last Thursday, the immediate assumption was […]

Hughes steps down as defensive coordinator, takes job at Fair Haven

By Dan King Coaching football at Whitehall High School has been a hot-button topic for more than a year, and […]

Granville woman places third in triathlon

Kerri podium

By Linda Ellingsworth When Kerri Thomas rode the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as a child to visit relatives in Delaware, she […]

Museum honors people, industry, stone

By Christina Scanlon From wooden-soled shoes to lunch pails, steam whistles to checker boards, a unique collection of slate industry-related […]

Four in running for county administrator

By Christina Scanlon The pool of 45 candidates for Washington County administrator has been trimmed to four and county supervisors […]

Village eying new tax exemption for vets

By Dan King The village of Whitehall is looking to alleviate some more tax burden for those who served the […]

Canal Festival kicks off July 10

By Dan King Although the summer solstice may have already happened, officials say summer doesn’t really get underway in Whitehall […]