Broadalbin WWII Celebration

National Dedication Day
May 29, 2004

 

    MANY Thanks to Gordon Cornell, Broadalbin Historian and John McLaughlin, American Legion
for their collaborated efforts in assisting with this posting, contributed and written by them.

  

Schedule of Events:

7:30 am

 

Breakfast at the American Legion Post for World War II Veterans and Spouses

 

9:15
  

Dedication and unveiling of our new town monument.  Donated by the American Legion Post 337 and Veterans Of Foreign Wars 8690, in front of the Village Hall on Main Street

  

Transcription from Memorial:

LEST WE FORGET

TO THE ETERNAL MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
LEST WE FORGET

TO THE ETERNAL MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF BROADALBIN WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED
FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
DURING WORLD TWO

* * * *

FOREVER IN THE ANNALS OF GLORY
WILL SHINE THEIR STARRY CLAIM
THE ANGELS KNOW THEIR STORY
AND GOD KNOWS ALL THEIR NAMES
DEDICATED MAY 29 2004

   

10:00 am 
  
 
Parade commences from School Street, ending at The Broadalbin Town Cemetery with Memorial Ceremonies at the cemetery.  Guest Speaker will be Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Steve Perry.
 
  After the ceremony everyone will be invited back to both the Legion Pavilion and the VFW Post for lunch; served at both sites.  Kennyetto Fire Company will host an Open House.  Lunch will be also be served as above.

    

The Massing of the Colors at Broadalbin Cemetery

  

NYS Assemblyman Marc Butler greeting those assembled

  

12:00
 
  
The Legion will host a variety of activities at the Pavillion, which will include a petting zoo, face painting, demonstrations and informational booths by the Kennyetto Fire Company, Sheriffs Department, State Troopers and the Ambulance Corp.

  

Left to Right:  Russell VanNostrand, Commander VFW Post 8690; Drew Chesterfield, Commander Post 337 American Legion; Eugene Christopher, Mayor Village of Broadalbin; Lee Hollenbeck, Supervisor Town of Broadalbin; Retired Brig. General Rogers B. Finch; Debbie Deuel, Auxiliary President.

 

2:00 pm 

 

 



Will be the start of the ceremony at the Legion Pavilion, to coincide with the National Program being held in Washington D.C. 

Speakers will include Retired Brigadier General Rogers B. Finch, local dignitaries and Post Commanders.  General Finch spent the early days of his life as a Broadalbin resident. Certificates will then be handed out to all Veterans.

Broadalbin Postmaster Dan Pawlik will be donating a special gift to both the American Legion Post 337 and The Veterans Of Foreign Wars 8690.

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On Memorial Day 2003, rain, torrents of rain, drove our Parade off the streets and we sought protection at the Legion Pavilion.  Pressed together under a single roof, the crowd became an intimate group.  As I looked from face to face, I noticed that the old soldiers seemed older and in some cases frail.  I flashed back to 1945 and I remembered the day that these men came home from the "Great War".  In the mind of a teenage boy, they were the, "Gods of War", personified in their honor; New York City held a great parade to welcome them home, the 82nd and the 101st Airborne Divisions marched down Fifth Avenue and the cadence of their steps shuffled the pages of history.  The Armies of Alexander and the Legions of Caesar stood pale before Americas Band of Brothers. 

The Brothers are old men now, but on Memorial Day each year they put on their funny looking hats, form up the old ranks and once again pass in review.  The comrades who have answered the last call are remembered, and the final members of the ever-quieting cadence continue their march in history.

Saturday May 29, 2004 will be a different kind of Memorial Day.  It will be a day when all of us will be asked to form up the ranks and it will be us who pass in review.  On this once in a lifetime day, all of us will be given a chance to say thank you to a unique group of men and women for saving the American way of life.  Don't miss your opportunity to express your thanks, if you are embarrassed, don't be, and remember these are "very special people!"

By John McLaughlin

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The above submitted by John McLaughlin.

  

   

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