A Fitting Tribute To Orange’s Honored Veteran

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May 292017

To way too many people, Memorial Day means picnics, parades, and store sales. But in Orange, the two most important events are the ceremony before the parade and the service after the parade.

Gratefully, these two events are better attended now than in past years.

The Memorial Day Committee chose Don Jewell as this year’s Honored Veteran — He would have liked that. His Bio included: U.S. Coast Guard 1942-1946; World War 11 Veteran. Past Commander of the American Legion Orange Post #127 and a life member. 

Don was one of Orange’s favorite sons. He and his wife Mary were a fixture at the Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Events.

Sadly, Don, a longtime member of the Orange American Legion and Memorial Day Committee, died on February 16 at the age of 93.

His favorite quote was “I don’t always have my way but I always have my say!”

He was remembered during the Ceremony at the Gazebo, but the true honor for this Honored Veteran was waiting down the road at the service at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Police Chief Robert Gagne and Veteran Elmer Manley carried a wreath down the long driveway to Mr. Jewell’s gravesite, followed by a bagpiper, Mary, and their family.

Gagne placed the wreath and straightened the ribbons, then he and Manley gave Don one final salute as a trumpeter from Amity High School played “Taps.”