Broadalbin's World War II
Veteran's Monument

Dedication Ceremony, May 30, 1949


The following article and pictures were donated by 
Broadalbin Historian, Gordon Cornell.


After the disrepair of the original WWII Honor Roll,
a new monument was erected.



May 30, 1949:
T. R. Townley gave the dedication address
at the above ceremony.
(American Legion room in background.)


BROADALBIN - Broadalbin, during its annual observance of Memorial Day, will on Monday morning dedicate a monument on the lawn between the Broadalbin Bank and the Robert Lee Walsh Post, 337, American Legion, in honor of those serving in World War II and the youths who lost their lives.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 9:30 prior to the start of the annual parade.  The Memorial Day program will be carried out at the Broadalbin cemetery, with Rep. B. W. Kearney, of Gloversville, as speaker.

Gerald Sanford, chairman of the Memorial Day program, reported the parade will start from the American Legion Post rooms with the following participating, American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Fire Company, Broadalbin High school band, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Girl Scouts and school children.

Eight Names Engraved

The monument, Sanford stated, is six feet high and of solid granite, with the following engraving, "In Honor of Men and Women Who Served in Armed Forces of the United States During World War II - In Memory of Those Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice."  The names of eight servicemen killed in service are engraved.

On the bottom of the monument is engraved, "Erected By Village and Town of Broadalbin, Sponsored by Robert Lee Walsh Post, 337, Erected 1949."

The dedication address will be given by Principal T. R. Townley of Broadalbin High school.  The monument, it was announced, has been constructed on the lawn, donated to the post by the bank.

Students to Participate

Following the dedication ceremony, the parade will form and march to the cemetery.  The program will include the invocation, selection by BHS band, pledge of allegiance by Boy Scouts, "Gettysburg Address" by Marilyn Hurd; "In Flanders Field," Penelope Paris, and "America's Answers", Rose Steele, all eigth grade students.

Prior to  the address by Rep. Kearney, the following will be introduced:  Mayor Nelson Kissinger, Fire Chief Clarence Canfield, Supervisor William Hatzenbuhler, Rev. B. Hamm, pastor of Baptist church; Rev. Maurice Baker, Methodist church; Father Raymond Sellman, St. Joseph's church, and Rev. H. B. Erkman, Presbyterian church, who also is chaplain of the American Legion post.

The speaker will be introduced by Howard DeLong, past commander of Fulton County American Legion.  Rep. Kearney's address will be followed by benediction and a parade back to the Legion rooms.

Kenneth Weiss is grand marshal of the parade.


Link to:  WWII Honor Roll


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