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Crown Point observes Memorial Day

CROWN POINT A former Crown Point supervisor recalled the sacrifices of American soldiers during the communitys 139th annual Memorial Day observance May 28. Parade grand marshall and former supervisor Nelson Hyatt spoke on the importance of remembering those brave men and women who have served their country and given their all to protect the freedoms which we have today. Hyatt began his speech remembering his great grandfather, John Miner, Jr., a Crown Point resident, who joined the Union Army in 1861. Another relative, George Harrington of Crown Point, was enlisted in the NY 118th Vol. Infantry. Hyatt then recalled his own service to the country in the 186th Field Artillery, 2nd Battalion, which he began in 1941. Hyatt remembered being told he would be released Dec. 8, but the shelling of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 prevented that. He was then transferred to Medical Detachment, where he was busy driving the captain, a medical doctor, setting up an aid station and attending it [and] also driving an ambulance, he explained. Hyatt concluded by remembering his brother, Wallace Hyatt, who was killed during army service. As we look back on all the wars our country has been involved in, from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and the so called War to End all Wars World War I, then World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and now the war in Iraq, the most we can hope for is elected officials who will serve the best interests of our country and strive to keep us safe from enemy attacks and pray for peace and ask God to bless America!, he said. American Tradition in Todays World was the theme for this years activities that honor men and women who have defended American traditions in an ever changing world. Events began Saturday, May 26, in Veterans Park. Throughout the day Civil War reenactors representing the 55th Virginia CSA and 157th New York USA were joined by crafters, vendors, childrens rides, games and food. There was music by DJ Tom Larameau. Sunday, May 27, began with an ecumenical church service at the bandstand in the park at 11 a.m. Again, throughout the day Civil War reenactors representing the 55th Virginia CSA and 157th New York USA were joined by crafters, vendors, childrens rides, games and food. Clowns from Loon Works Entertainment and The Daniel Ray Edwards band performed. Sundays activities will conclude with fireworks at 9 p.m. Mondays activities began with the traditional solemn tour of the cemeteries and memorial sites. Services were be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery; the First Congregational Church; at the American Legion Post / Crown Point Center; at the Ironville Cemetery; at White Church Cemetery; at Fairview Cemetery; at the Putts Creek Bridge; at Forestdale Cemetery; and at Veterans Memorial Park. Again, throughout the day Civil War reenactors representing the 55th Virginia CSA and 157th New York USA were joined by crafters, vendors, childrens rides, games and food. The annual Memorial Day parade was held at 2 p.m.

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