My dad and my grandfather gave their lives to this community. Its truly an honor that the town board made the decision before the park was built. All members of the Douglas family are very grateful for the decision, said Randall Douglas.
Speeches will be given by elected officials from New York State, Essex County and the town of Jay. Student choruses from Au Sable Forks Elementary School, directed by Aisha Carter, will perform This is America by Teresa Jennings. The national anthem will be sung by Susan Richards, and God Bless America will be sung by Paul Johnson.
Refreshments will be served following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and Champlain Valley Specialty will donate apples.
Parking for the ceremonies will be available at the Jay Firehouse and the Ward Lumber Co. Shuttle service will be provided by the Essex County CHAMP system.
Events have been coordinated by a planning committee, which was comprised of the Jay town board, and volunteers Susan Richards, Carol Hackel, Sharron Hewston, Mitch Dickerson, John Sheldrake, Linda Preston, Mark Peduzzi, Dean Lincoln, Kevin Douglas, Sarah Hall and Fred Balzac.
They were on both sides of the the original issues, and worked well with the planning process, said Douglas. We wanted to do something that brought everyone together to celebrate the bridges.