New Rochelle’s Memorial Day events next week will feature both a solemn remembrance of the fallen and a festive celebration of our country. Activities begin at 10:30am on Monday, May 26th, with a program on Memorial Plaza, followed by a parade along North Avenue and Pelham Road to Hudson Park, where the entire family can enjoy a picnic, music, and a helicopter landing at 2:00pm.
I hope you will join us, and I urge you also to visit a remarkable exhibit at the New Rochelle Public Library, which displays the photos of New Rochelle residents who gave their lives in combat. The product of several years of work and research, the exhibit is simple, dignified, and very, very moving. More than any fine words, these photos drive home the terrible cost and heroic sacrifice of war. (The Library also put together this site featuring old newspaper clips.)
My thanks to the volunteers of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association for their hard work in organizing this year’s events, and also to the community groups and businesses that have provided sponsorships.