"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Monday, May 27, 2019

Carroll Gardeners Gather In Carroll Park For A Deeply Moving Memorial Day Ceremony

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Bruce McDonald and Glenn Kelly of Friends of Carroll Park with Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
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Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
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Bob Blechner read "Normandy Hillside", a poem by his friend Richard Buehler
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"Normandy Hillside" by Richard Buehler
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Lieutenant Eric Scoggins and Lieutenant Dan Hemmer of the USS Hué City,
which is currently docked in Red Hook
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Henry Morth, remembered by his daughter Maggie, who shared a bit of her father's
war experience with Carroll Gardeners. (see video)
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As in years past, Carroll Gardeners gathered in Carroll Park on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who gave their lives for their country.  The ceremony, hosted by Friends of Carroll Park with the Court Street Merchants Association, was a powerful remembrance of the brave service members of the United States Armed Forces, who lost their lives for their country.

The ceremony was simple and beautiful.  Fresh flowers were distributed to those in attendance, which were then placed at the foot of the park's World War I Memorial.   New York State Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon joined the community, as did Lieutenant Eric Scoggins and Lieutenant Dan Hemmer of the USS Hué City, which is currently docked at the Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.

A huge thank you to Bruce McDonald and Glenn Kelly, volunteers with Friends of Carroll Park for making this ceremony so special. Bruce encouraged people to come to the microphone to remember loved ones and we learned about Bruce Joseph Allen, Henry Morse and Fred DePhilipo. (please watch the video below)
Glenn Kelly read the poem "In Flanders Field" and local resident Bob Blechner read "Normandy Hillside", a poem by his friend Richard Buehler.

We would like to encourage everyone in the neighborhood to take a moment to read some of the names on the WW1 memorial next time they walk through Carroll Park.  All those names represent a local resident, a father, a son...and we owe it to them to never forget their sacrifice.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We should also pause to remember the hundreds of American soldiers buried somewhere in Gowanus. Men who knowingly gave their lives so that Washington's army would not be captured by the overwhelming forces of the British in 1776.

It is also important that we as a country remember these men who died in the Battle of Gowanus, as a reminder of what a people will do, what sacrifices they will make, to stand up against an occupying empirical power, even what they are so very out numbered, and less well trained. We should all be thinking hard about this as we hear reports of V-Presidency Pence telling military graduates "they will see combat in places like the Middle East and Venezuela". We need to think on what we are asking of our armed forces, and for whom are we asking their service?

Katia said...

Beautifully said. Thank you for this and the reminder that we would not be a nation without the sacrifice of the men who fought in the very first battle of the war of Independence, which happened just a few blocks from Carroll Park.

Anonymous said...

My 3 uncles and father all served. And my mother was a cadet nurse.
The 3 brothers all from The Bronx.