continued Lieutenant Colonel Brad McLennan, Second Vice Commander of the Skaneateles American Legion Post 239, briefly spoke, and thanked everyone present for their support. “It means a lot to the veterans, the spouses and the family members,” he said.
Skaneateles poet Mary Gardner then read her original poem, “Whispers,” and the girls of the Skaneateles lacrosse team then read all the names attached to each flag honoring a veteran.
Rev. Toppie Bates, assistant rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, offered a prayer, and the ceremony ended with the lacrosse team leading attendees in the singing of “America the Beautiful.”
“This has been a great opportunity because it’s in honor of all veterans and I think it makes them happy,” said lacrosse team member Claudia Morris. Teammate Gabby Scuderi agreed, and said the entire process was “lots of fun.”
When the memorial service was over, Gaffney presented a donation of $250 to Lt. Col. McLennan for the American Legion. He said no decision has been made yet for the money’s use, but it will probably be forwarded to a special veterans’ organization.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.