NY State Senator George Latimer addresses the descendants of 37 Civil War veterans buried at the African American Cemetery in Rye
From the earliest days of our Founding, America's history has been shaped by brave patriots. In past and current wars, many gave their lives so that family, friends and even the countrymen they would never meet could enjoy the rewards of freedom.
As we commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of the Civil War, we also remember the Union veterans who recognized the need to pay tribute to their colleagues who had died in battle. The first official event known as "Decoration Day," so named after the cut flowers left at soldiers' resting sites, took place at Arlington Cemetery on May 30th, 1868; the observance soon expanded to encompass the contributions of all those who died in US conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War.
Today we still lay flags and wreaths at the graves of our fallen, creating and preserving monuments that bear witness to the courage of these men and women. But more than plaques or ribbons, best remembered are the shining spirits and fearless mettle of the remarkable sons and daughters of our hometown who are no longer with us.
Please join us and the entire City of Rye on the Village Green this Monday, May 27, 2013 at 9:45 am as we recall the sacrifices of the local heroes who served in our armed forces. The program has been organized by Rye's American Legion Post #128.
President, Jay Heritage Center