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COLUMN: 1957 Memorial Day Remembrance

— The 122nd Regiment Infantry Onondagas re-enacted stations at the Civil War monument in Riverview cemetery as a wreath was laid in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the war between the states. The cemetery services followed the Memorial Day 2012 parade through the village of Baldwinsville. The Civil war monument in Veterans Memorial Park was restored and rededicated in 1988.

A second wreath was adorned to the 1957 memorial monument relocated in the park. The memorial was dedicated to those who gave their lives in the service of the nation since the Civil War. The memorial monument stood originally at the flagpole circle of the Baldwinsville high school building. A look back in history to Thursday, May 30, 1957 found a special unveiling of the then new memorial monument.

According to the Messenger archives, R. Sanford Weeks, program memorial committee chair, was joined by Arthur Searles, VFW Post 153 commander and Herbert Masser, American Legion Post 113 commander at the high school grounds. Weeks credited the village and towns of Lysander and Van Buren for financing the monument. He expressed regrets on the inscription of names to only list those who had died while in service. Those names were remembered for their sacrifices in the Philippine Insurrection, WWI, WWII and the Korean War.

The parade followed led by the Grand Marshall Clarence Merriam with concluding services at the cemetery. A decorated raised platform with chairs arranged on the sides of a center podium was situated under a large canvas tent. The ceremony began with veterans raising of colors and the village of Baldwinsville mayor Albert J. Palmer's welcoming remarks. Rev. George Entwisle, rector of Grace Church, gave the invocation. School children saluted the flag. Mrs. Jean Aman of the Daughter of Union Veterans presented an award.

Kenneth Tucker read the WWII poem "High Flier" written in 1941 by aviator John G. Magee, Jr. The Baldwinsville Central School band played a selection. Richard Hendrickson, junior at Baldwinsville Academy and Central High School recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. (Hendrickson resides now in Los Angeles, CA, and upon contacting him he recalled reciting the address by memory.) Janet Reeves read the WWI poem "In Flanders Fields" and then an award was presented by Mrs. Irene Newcomb.

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