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Crown Point proud of tradition

To the Times of Ti:

Memorial Day was initiated in 1868 as Decoration Day to honor the fallen in the Civil War. The residents and neighbors of Crown Point have continued this observance for 145 years. We are proud of this tradition and wish to thank the following people and organizations –Father Kevin McEwan; Timothy Pierce, State Division of Veterans Affairs; Marcia Colvin; Patrick Kiely; Charles Mazurowski, Town Board member and US Army retired; Matt Russell; Joan Hunsdon, Town Historian; David Hobbs, NYANG retired; members of the Bridge Flotilla (15-13) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary; David Carr, past national president of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and USCG AUX; Charles Harrington, Supervisor of the Town of Crown Point; Jeris French, the members of the Crown Point Central School Chorus and their bus driver; Ronnie Burroughs for the sound system;

Rev. Gregg Trask USCG AUX; Rev. David Hirtle, USAF ret and USCG AUX; Chairperson Jodi Gibbs and the members of the Memorial Day Committee; members and leaders of Troop #70 Boy Scouts of America; Erick DuShane for his rendition of Taps;

The caretakers, volunteers, cemetery boards and Town employees who care for the places on the Solemn Tour; to the families and friends who continue to decorate and care for their loved ones gravesites and to all of people who traveled with us on Memorial Day morning.

If you have a veteran in your family, who was born in Crown Point or enlisted while a resident of Crown Point, please contact either of us or a Memorial Day Committee member so their name can be listed in the Memorial Day booklet for next year. The veteran does not have to be a war veteran just an honorably discharged serviceman or women.

Remember to honor those who gave their lives not only on Memorial Day, but everyday by saluting the flag. When you place your hand over your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Taps or the presentation of the American flag it will make you proud to be a Citizen of the United States and it just might make the person next to you do the same.

Kama Lee Ingleston

Jeanne McMurtry

Solemn Tour Coordinators

Crown Point

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