WWIIveteran to speak at Hague ceremony

"I think it's a pretty good parade for our little town," Pelkey said.

Bob Dedrick, Joyce Barker and John McDonald will serve as parade judges.

Ray Tolar, a World War II veteran from Ticonderoga, will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day service to honor veterans will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the town park.

Feb. 19, 1945, U.S. Marines landed on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. The small island, about 10 square miles, was vital to an anticipated American invasion of Japan that would end World War II.

Tolar, then an 18-year-old, and his fellow Marines were told Iwo Jima would be a 3-5 day "warm up" for the invasion of Japan. It turned out to be one of the bloodiest battles in history.

When U.S. Marines finally secured the island on March 16, they had 6,891 dead and more than 18,000 wounded. All but 212 of the 22,000 Japanese defenders on the island died.

Following Tolar's remarks there will be several dedications, the playing of "Taps," closing prayer and the community will be asked to join in singing "America the Beautiful."

"It's very moving," Pelkey said. "You'll see a lot of people crying."

Joining Pelkey on the Memorial Day committee are Mike and Maureen Cherubini, Emily Cobb, Pat Hintze, Joan Steitz, Ray Snyder, John and Jan Hanna, Gladys Graser and Diana Faranick.

"It's a terrific group," Pelkey said of the committee. "Our meetings started in February and we've met every week since. It's a lot of work, but we think we'll have a great day."

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