Jun 042014

IMG_7732To The Editor:

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Committee has many people to thank.

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade were held on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Laurence P. Czajkowski was the Grand Marshal – U. S. Army 1968 – 1998, Vietnam, Cold & Gulf War era Veteran. Peter J. MacDonald – U.S. Army, 1956 -1978, a Vietnam War Veteran, was the Chief of Staff. Joseph F. Blake – U.S. Army 1953 – 1955, Korean War era Veteran, was this years Honored Veteran. Philip Grande, Sr.- U.S. Army, Vietnam era Veteran, was the Keynote Speaker.

Diane Raikis sang the National Anthem. Robert Mirto, Esq. was the Master of Ceremonies and Fred O’Brien, Esq. was the Parade Announcer. Memorial Day was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Gilbert. The services at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Orange Center Cemetery were led by Lewis Merritt, Commander, American Legion Post #127. Wreaths were laid at the monument by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jewish War Veterans.

We would like to acknowledge those who made the day successful including the Highway Department, the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the American Legion and its Auxiliary, and the Fire Department for the use of their communication radios. A special “Thank You” to the Park & Recreation Grounds Crew for preparing the grounds for Memorial Day, the Orange Cemetery Association in memory of Marjorie Case who bequest funds each year to help defray parade costs.

The Orange Foundation for the plaques given to the honorees, Lou Eagle of Eagle Leasing for the use of a flat bed trailer that was used as our reviewing stand, Chris Winkle and the Winkle Bus Company for the use of a bus and driver to shuttle people to and from the cemetery and back to the parade grounds, Tom Hill for the use of two outdoor conveniences, Pinpoint Pro Motions & Printing of Milford for their poster boards.

Also, Bob Fantarella for his audio system, and Ron Davis, OGAT Coordinator, for the DVD’s of the parade and ceremonies.

Lastly, we thank the school readers, the boys and girls who handed out all the flags and programs during the ceremonies and Eli Baum for playing taps both at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Generous contributions from private parties and organizations were received to honor our fallen veterans and to support the soldiers who are presently serving our country.

Kevin Gilbert,

Memorial Day Parade Coordinator

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