Memorial Day – Memorial Memories http://memorial-memories.com/ Tue, 10 May 2022 01:33:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://memorial-memories.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3.png Memorial Day – Memorial Memories http://memorial-memories.com/ 32 32 South Carolina celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on Tuesday https://memorial-memories.com/south-carolina-celebrates-confederate-memorial-day-on-tuesday/ Tue, 10 May 2022 01:33:32 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/south-carolina-celebrates-confederate-memorial-day-on-tuesday/

South Carolina will close state offices Tuesday to mark Confederate Memorial Day.

The celebration of the holiday is on May 10th every year. South Carolina is one of a handful of southern states with such an official holiday. State offices in Alabama and Mississippi were closed late last month for their Confederate Memorial Days.

South Carolina chose May 10 because it is the day that Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died in 1863 after being wounded by his own troops and the day that Union soldiers met the fleeing Confederate President Jefferson in 1865 Davis captured in Georgia.

A bill that would allow state employees to use June 16 or another day in place of Confederate Memorial Day passed unanimously by the South Carolina Senate in March, but is stuck in a House committee and will likely die if Thursday’s session ends.

The bill began as a proposal to add the June 19 celebration as a new state holiday. But instead of adding a 14th holiday, the law would create a holiday that state officials could take whenever they wanted.

It was not immediately clear from the language of the bill whether state officials would have remained closed on Confederate Memorial Day, as they currently do, or whether they could remain closed on June 16.

On Tuesday, the General Assembly meets as usual.

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(WWTI) – May 7 is National Tourism Day, the final day of National Travel and Tourism Week, which celebrates the travel industry’s contributions to economic growth in the United States.

According to the AAA, many aspects of travel are recovering. Booking data from AAA Travel shows that reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels for Memorial Day are up 122% year over year.

This year’s Future of Travel theme showcases how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, promote sustainability, initiate new innovations and reconnect travelers across the United States and around the world.

National Travel and Tourism Week was established by Congress in 1983 to boost the economic power of travel in the United States. This is the 39th annual celebration as the industry looks to future growth and success after the challenges of the past two years.

“AAA Western and Central New York is excited about the rebound in travel as we work to strengthen the tourism industry and economy,” said Carol DiOrio, vice president of travel for AAA Western and Central New York. “During this National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re highlighting how travel benefits our workforce, supports the global economy, and reconnects Americans with each other and the world.”

“NTTW has special meaning this year as the future of the travel industry looks bright,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the US Travel Association. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the US travel industry and how we will become more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive in the months and years to come.

“Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and provided the US with a $51 billion trade surplus – a testament to the outsized role the industry is playing in fueling the recovery America and future economic growth,” Dow said.

AAA Western and Central New York celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week even more as recipients of the 2021 Allianz Partners Top Club Award for mid-size AAA clubs, thanks to the company’s 2021 results for total revenue and annual growth as travelers turn increasingly Travel insurance to protect their vacation investments.

AAA Travel Advisors were recognized for their achievements when AAA Western and Central New York received the 2021 Allianz Partners Top Club Award. Pictured from left: Mary McIntosh (AAA Watertown), Terri Cummings (AAA Orchard Park), Mamie Cimato (AAA Amherst) and Geri Van Alstine (AAA DeWitt). Missing from the photo: Tracey Miller (AAA Penfield/AAA Plus Virtual Team).

A recent AAA survey found that a third, 31% of US travelers say they are more likely to purchase travel insurance for their trips planned through the end of 2022, particularly due to the pandemic.

The ability to cancel a trip and receive a refund is by far the most cited benefit of travel insurance, with 69% of travelers saying it is the most important to them when considering travel insurance for an upcoming trip . AAA advises travelers to review travel insurance policies that include a “cancellation for any reason” component, which may provide more flexibility and protection should a traveler need to cancel their trip.

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The Scarborough Memorial Day parade has returned https://memorial-memories.com/the-scarborough-memorial-day-parade-has-returned/ Fri, 06 May 2022 09:00:01 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/the-scarborough-memorial-day-parade-has-returned/

American Legion Post 76 / Photo courtesy

SCARBOROUGH – As COVID-19 is no longer a pandemic and restrictions surrounding the disease have been lifted, the Libby-Mitchell No. 76, American Legion, is holding the Memorial Day Parade in the town of Scarborough for the first time since 2019.

Cancellations after two years Due to the coronavirus, Memorial Day in Scarborough will be marked with a parade followed by a service on Monday 30th May.

“As we all know, COVID-19 has taken a great toll on our everyday lives,” said Phil Ceaser, commander of American Legion Post No. 76. “That’s why we want this year’s Memorial Day Parade to be one that will be remembered by all.”

American Legion members will leave the American Legion home at 7:45 am to begin ceremonies at Black Point Cemetery, Dunstan Monument, Dunstan Cemetery, Blue Point Cemetery and Veteran’s Monument. A flag will be raised at the home of Post #76, followed by an open house with food and refreshments.

“We will place wreaths and flags at each of the ceremonies with a small contingent before the parade,” Ceaser said.

Those participating in the parade must gather at 9:30 am. The parade starts at 10:00 am. Participants begin behind Scarborough High School on the ramp leading to the right side of the school facing Route 114 and turn right onto Route 114 then proceeds to US Route 1 and turns right, passes the city offices and turns Turn left into the Maine Veterans’ Home. It stops in the parking lot in front of the worship building at the Legion Monument. The firing squad and color guard will continue to present the colors.

“The parade will culminate at the Maine Veterans’ Home,” Ceaser said. “This allows residents of the Veterans Home to participate in the parade. This allows us to pay tribute to those individuals who have served this country in the uniformed military services.”

Participating in the parade are members of the Scarborough Police Honor Guard, Post No. 76th Color Guard and Firing Squad, Legion of Honor, Scarborough High School Band, Scarborough Fire Department Honor Guard, Veterans in Vintage Cars, Boy Scout Groups, Service Groups and Fire Part Vehicles and Public Works Vehicles.

This year, Maj. Gen. John W. Libby, retired adjutant general of the Maine State National Guard, will deliver the keynote address at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. The parade will have two Grand Marshalls this year; they are retired Police Commissioner Mike Thurlow and retired Police Commissioner Robbie Moulton.

For more information, contact Post #76 at 207-883-3902.

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Memorial Day & VFW: Local treasures in our own backyard https://memorial-memories.com/memorial-day-vfw-local-treasures-in-our-own-backyard/ Wed, 04 May 2022 04:13:06 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/memorial-day-vfw-local-treasures-in-our-own-backyard/
A bugler bangs at a recent Memorial Day celebration in Star Park.

CORONADO – This year, Memorial Day services will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. in Star Park. The public is invited to participate.

Commemorating Memorial Day has been a tradition in Coronado since the Great Depression. Organized annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Coronado Post 2422), it has become a gathering place for soldiers and their families, young veterans and old warriors.

Locally, thousands of Coronado residents, whether directly or indirectly affected by tragedy or loss, have attended past Memorial Day services.

This sombre ceremony goes deep to the heart of our community. “That shouldn’t come as a surprise,” said Post Commander Chuck Lucas. “We live in Coronado in a veteran-led community. The VFW has become a huge part of Coronado’s history and tradition. In turn, the support we have received for our efforts has been phenomenal.”

In fact, VFW Post 2422 has been involved with numerous community events over the years, including Memorial Day, Avenue of the Heroes, and Take A Veteran to School Day.

Navy SEALS are one of many military representatives showing up for the Memorial Day event at Coronado’s Star Park.

They have sponsored sports teams, surfing competitions, and individual athletes in need. The Post also sponsors Concert in the Park steak dinners, Fourth of July events and Christmas parties. During the Great Depression, they began hosting Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for our soldiers and wives who were separated from their families. This tradition continues to this day.

There is also a Memorial Wall at Post 2422 where families can honor their loved ones with bronze plaques. Local veterans such as General Styer, Admirals Martin, Stockdale and Edney and others are currently on the Memorial Wall. Duncan Hunter and Medal of Honor recipient John Finn are also represented on the Memorial Wall. In addition, there are numerous members of the UDT and SEAL teams who staff their own honors section.

In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, more than 100 members of the Coronado community signed a petition to have their own Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, Coronado Post 2422. A month later, VFW Auxiliary was founded.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars was founded nationally in 1899. They were reorganized in 1913 as a series of mergers between previous veterans’ organizations serving the Spanish–American War and the Philippine Insurgency.

The honor guard stand at attention.

The purpose of VFW is to support the rehabilitation of this country’s disabled and needy veterans while promoting American pride through education, patriotism, and constructive service to local communities.

“We began meeting at Coronado First Baptist Church,” said Chuck Lucas. “It was a small group in 1932 with maybe 25 participants at that first meeting.”

These founding members included pilots based at Rockwell Field on the North Island (a former US Army Air Corps military base), sailors from the four-story destroyers, and even veterans from the Curtiss School of Aviation.

The only rule for membership was that you had to be in a fight situation or have seen a fight abroad. It was originally a male-only membership. In 1946 women were allowed to join the VFW.

Today, Post 2422 operates from its facility on Orange Avenue near the corner of Sixth Street on what were originally three properties transferred to VFW in 1952 by the family of General Henry D. Styer (then valued at approximately $12,000). Dollar). . The post still bears his name to this day and is home to both the VFW and the VFW Auxiliary.

At the time, the old WAVE barracks were on the back side of First Street next to San Diego Bay. WAVE stands for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in the US Naval Reserve.

This drone photo shows Memorial Day before Covid.

The Post Office was able to acquire one of these unfinished pine buildings and it was slowly moved to its current location at 557 Orange Avenue where it became and remains 2422 General Henry D. Styer VFW Post – truly one of the most historic buildings on the island.

Hundreds of events are held at the Orange Avenue facility throughout the year – weddings, retirement ceremonies, birthdays, fundraisers, parties, club functions, lunches, dinners and more. The building contains a kitchen, a canteen and a meeting room, as well as a large lawn in front of the building.

This year’s Memorial Day ceremonies are sponsored by the Silver Strand Chapter Military Officers Association of America, the Navy League of the United States (Coronado Council), the Marine Corps League (Coronado Detachment), and Coronado VFW Post 2422.

VFW Post 2422 is located at 557 Orange Avenue, Coronado. For more information, visit their website VFWpost2422.org or call 619-435-6917.

Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at 10 am on Monday, May 30 in Star Park. The public is invited. Photo courtesy of VFW Post 2422.



Joe Ditler is a regular contributor to the Coronado Times. Through his advertising firm, Part-Time PR, he has served businesses throughout Coronado and San Diego for many years. For more information, contact him at [email protected] or 619-742-1034.

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Civil rights activists protest Confederate Memorial Day at Stone Mountain in Georgia https://memorial-memories.com/civil-rights-activists-protest-confederate-memorial-day-at-stone-mountain-in-georgia/ Mon, 02 May 2022 14:15:00 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/civil-rights-activists-protest-confederate-memorial-day-at-stone-mountain-in-georgia/

hundrets of Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) group were attacked by civil rights activists at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia on Saturday Observation of Confederate Memorial Day.

Counter-protesters included members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Atlanta, Georgia, the Democratic Socialists of America and other local anti-fascists who objected to the rally.

Corresponding videos Uploaded to Twitter, counter-protesters gathered behind a fence and police line to protest the event. Their shouts were heard over the event’s keynote speaker, Martin O’Toole.

However, according to Channel 2 News in Atlanta, the event ended without any violent incident.

Stone Mountain Park, in the city of the same name, is a 3,000-acre attraction known for its rock carving carved with the figures of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. Carving began in 1915 and was completed in 1972.

SCV, which bills itself as the “oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers,” was denied a permit for a Confederate Memorial Day rally last year by the Parks Association, citing a “clear and present danger” and COVID-19. 19

The park association granted the permit this year despite objections from several civil rights activists, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and a local group, the Stone Mountain Action Coalition.

The Stone Mountain Action Coalition had urged the park to deny the permit, citing the 2017 Unite the Right riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, which erupted into violence when counter-protesters clashed with far-right white nationalist groups.

“While the study and preservation of the Civil War is of great importance, a shrine to Confederate ideals with no historical connection to the Civil War is a clear and dangerous threat to our American democracy,” the organization wrote in a statement.

Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center criticized the planned rally last week.

“Allowing SCV to celebrate Confederacy values ​​on public lands validates the rhetoric of SCV and its keynote speaker, which sends a dangerous message that Stone Mountain continues to be a safe place for white nationalists to congregate,” she said in a statement.

The Parks Association argued it could not refuse the permit because of speaking and assembly rights. However, according to Channel 2 News, they have closed several attractions in Stone Mountain to minimize the event.

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Volunteers Repair Landscapes Damaged by Memorial Day Tornadoes – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio https://memorial-memories.com/volunteers-repair-landscapes-damaged-by-memorial-day-tornadoes-whio-tv-7-and-whio-radio/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 20:49:31 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/volunteers-repair-landscapes-damaged-by-memorial-day-tornadoes-whio-tv-7-and-whio-radio/ The campaign to repair the landscape damaged by Memorial Day tornadoes will continue for another year

MIAMI VALLEY — Keep America Beautiful is bringing back its RETREET program for another round of planting today, April 30.

The organization is the nation’s largest nonprofit community improvement organization and has already planted 95 trees in Sinclair Park and some homes.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Westbrook Road in Brookville, according to the organization’s website.

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The group moved west to east in the path of the EF4 tornado, beginning in Brookville, then east to Clayton, Perry Twp. and then to Trotwood.

The application process is free and you can apply at www.retreet.org/mvtc

Rap Hankins, who lives in Trotwood, said his home was devastated by the 2019 Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

“What RETREET is doing and what the Dayton Foundation is doing and all those who have funded this effort are actually bringing normality back to our region and they are helping us heal every tree that is planted,” Hankins said.

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Activities around San Antonio in May https://memorial-memories.com/activities-around-san-antonio-in-may/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 14:24:58 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/activities-around-san-antonio-in-may/

SAN ANTONIO – Do good and good will come back to you.

At least that’s what I’ve always heard, and today is a great day to practice giving back as it’s Global Pay It Forward Day. I’ve had the person in the car in front of me pay for my coffee at a particular retail chain at least five times. I’m not joking. (Hey, 🧜‍♀️ ☕ feel free to sponsor this newsletter). It’s either a sign that I have to skip coffee or that people are great. By the way, I also paid for the people behind me.

Speaking of giving back, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are both in May and they are both great opportunities to do something selfless.

If you’re looking for something to do, Flags for Fallen Vets always needs volunteers to help plant flags and collect them around Memorial Day.

Here’s what’s happening in the San Antonio area in May:

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  • Jacob’s well – Jacob’s Well in Wimberley is located at 1699 Mt Sharp Road, about an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio. Summer swimming pool reservations are currently open for dates beginning in May. Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring releasing thousands of liters of water every day.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Hays County. (KSAT12)
  • Cornyval – The final day of the annual Cornyval Festival takes place on May 1st at Old Town Helotes. This year’s theme is “You Make Corn From Helotes!” There will be live music, fun and games, food, crafts and other entertainment.
  • Law Festival – This dinosaur exhibition offers visitors a unique experience with the opportunity to see various gigantic, moving, prehistoric dinosaurs face to face. The final day of the festival is May 1st in Travis Park.
  • skill – The Deftones will perform at the AT&T Center on May 3rd. Tickets are still on sale.
  • May 4th (Be with you) – This event is Star Wars themed for the 18-and-up crowd. On May 4th there will be a very dark night of music at the Bonham Exchange.
  • Zoo La La – The San Antonio Zoo will host its 26th Annual Adults-Only Zoo La-La Benefit on May 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $85 per person. More than 50 beer, wine and food vendors from some of San Antonio’s most popular restaurants will be in attendance.
  • Pixar putt – Pixar Putt, an outdoor putt-putt course dedicated to all things Disney’s Pixar, is making a temporary appearance near Legacy Park until May 15th. Movies featured include Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out.
  • On A Stick Festival – The San Antonio Zoo is hosting On A Stick Festival again this year, inspired by some of the best festivals in Texas. You can celebrate the gourmet festivals every Saturday and Sunday until May 8th.
  • Tejano Conjunto Festival – This music festival will take place from May 16th to 22nd at the Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park. There is a mix of events, some of which are free. View the full schedule of events at GuadalupeCulturalArts.org.
  • Bizarre Botany Cocktail Tour: Promiscuous Plants – On this tour at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, learn about the extreme and unique ways plants attract pollinators while sipping cocktails. The tour is only for adults over 21 years of age. There will be a tour on May 19th and another on May 21st.
  • New kids on the block – NKOTB will perform at the AT&T Center on May 21st. Tickets for the performance are still on sale.
  • Brew & Skew Music Festival – The Brew & Skew Music Festival on May 21 at the Sunken Garden Theater features live music and a culinary showdown. The festival concludes with a performance by Texas Pink Floyd featuring Machan Taylor, Roberta Freeman and Scott Page.
  • LTC Hector Villarreal Memorial Golf Tournament – The San Antonio Coalition for Veterans and Families is hosting this May 23 golf tournament at the Silverhorn Golf Club of Texas at 1100 W. Bitters Road. The event supports local veterans and their families.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Six Flags Fiesta Texas, located at 17000 W I-10 in San Antonio, is open on weekends. Extended days begin in mid-May and the park will officially be open seven days a week beginning May 23.
The Cliffhanger Dive Coaster by Dr. Diabolical will open at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas in Summer 2022. (Courtesy of Six Flags)
  • Memorial Day Metalfest – The 7th Annual Memorial Day Metalfest will be held May 27th-29th at Vista Hermosa Park. Pets are welcome and there is a discount for veterans. Active duty military members are admitted free.
  • Seven Seas Food Festival – This festival will be held throughout the month ending May 30th at SeaWorld San Antonio. There will be more than 60 fresh international dishes to pair with nearly 50 beer, wine and cocktail selections.
  • GWAR – Heavy metal band GWAR will perform at Vibes Event Center on May 31st. Goatwhore, Nekrogoblikon and The Native Howl will also perform.
  • Water complex Landa Park – Landa Park in New Braunfels is a short drive from San Antonio, approximately 40 minutes. The spring pool opens in May. It’s a constant 72 degrees all year round. The pool was built in the early 1900’s and is one of the oldest and most historic swimming pools in Texas. It is located at 110 Golf Course Road.

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  • Art Museum of San Antonio – Admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art is free on May 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This family day celebrates the American Heritage Month of Asia Pacific Islanders with Chinese lion dancers, gallery games, special performances and food.
The San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates American Heritage Month of Asia Pacific Islanders in May. (San Antonio Art Museum)
  • Wine and Song Festival – This annual New Braunfels tradition will be held on May 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Main Plaza in New Braunfels. There are shopping and food vendors, wine and craft beer educational seminars, and wine and craft beer tastings and sales. Admission is free!
  • Encanto – Watch “Encanto” for free on May 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Marquee Plaza at 3100 Roosevelt Avenue. This event is hosted by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Be sure to bring your blanket, lawn chair, and snacks. Food trucks will also be there.
  • Pan-African Cultural Festival – This free community celebration is taking place on May 14th at the Carver Library. There will be African drumming and dancing, an African fashion show, a Capoeira demonstration, poetry, storytelling, children’s activities, a pan-African panel discussion and more.
  • Dirt Dauber Festival – More than 40 local sound artists will be present at the Dirt Dauber Festival, which will be held on May 14th and 15th at the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos. The event is free and offers families the opportunity to learn more about the art of sound. There will be live music, demonstrations, clay competitions and light refreshments.
  • jazz in the garden – The Jazz In The Garden Spring Concert Series at the historic Japanese Tea Garden features live jazz music near the pavilion overlooking the beautiful Koi pond, waterfall and garden. Rat King Cole will perform for the final concert of the spring series on May 20th.
Japanese tea garden in San Antonio, Texas (KSAT12)
  • dune – Watch Dune for free on May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Marquee Plaza at 3100 Roosevelt Avenue. This event is hosted by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Be sure to bring your blanket, lawn chair, and snacks. Food trucks will also be there.
  • McNay Art Museum – Enjoy free general admission to The McNay every Thursday from 4pm to 9pm and the first Sunday of every month from 12pm to 5pm. Military members, veterans and their families also get free admission year-round.

Mother’s Day 🌸

Don’t forget: Mother’s Day is May 8th!

Here are me and my mother – the best woman in the world. On the left, she’s teaching me a lesson on how to cook gumbo, and the photo on the right is of us on a casual Friday. Just kidding, it’s Halloween. 🎃

Mary Claire and her mother Carrie. (Mary Claire Patton)

Memorial Day 🇺🇸

This year Memorial Day falls on May 30th. Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day, but they are significantly different.

Memorial Day is designed to honor those who have died in service to our country. It is a day of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day, which occurs in November, is a day recognizing the service of all people who have served in the military.

Fort Sam National Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day program on May 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Boy Scouts and other youth, military and community service organizations will join forces to place flags throughout the cemetery, according to the event site.

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The Flags for Fallen Vets volunteer organization will be available to plant the flag at the cemetery.

Fallen veterans and military members are honored on Memorial Day at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. (KSAT)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery is located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road.


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Here are some of the top headlines from the last month:


Fun Fact: May is the only month in 2022 that has a Friday the 13th.

Do you have an idea or know something about events in the area? You can reach me at mpatton@ksat.com.

-Mary Claire Patton, KSAT digital journalist

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The Port of Napier holds to mark Worker Memorial Day https://memorial-memories.com/the-port-of-napier-holds-to-mark-worker-memorial-day/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 04:53:11 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/the-port-of-napier-holds-to-mark-worker-memorial-day/ Napier Port’s many cranes are among the risks being managed at a $3.5 million effort this year to prevent workplace injuries. Photo / NZME

Shipping operations in the Port of Napier will be suspended for up to an hour on Thursday to commemorate International Worker Memorial Day in Hawke’s Bay.

It takes place outside the Seafarers Center just south of the harbor at the north end of Marine Parade and starts at 10am.

Port CEO Todd Dawson said it’s “important to all of us and that’s why we’re pausing operations to give everyone the opportunity to attend every year”.

It comes at a time when further inquiries are being made about port security across the country, following fatalities at the ports of Auckland and Lyttelton in the last week.

Napier Port has not had a fatality in more than 16 years, but Dawson said: “We cannot stress enough that working in ports is inherently hazardous and hazardous and something we take very seriously and are prioritizing here.

“It’s something we never take our eyes off of, we review it constantly and it has strong support and endorsement from the board/director level through our company,” he said. “Our entire team is involved in our ongoing risk mitigation programs.”

In 2019, Napier Port Co began a three-year “health and safety roadmap” to identify critical risk areas and make the port as safe as possible, he said.

“Critical risks focus on hazards with the potential to cause serious harm or fatality both on land and at sea,” he said, adding that $3.5 million would be spent on “risk controls” in the current fiscal year.

Dave Marden, secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union’s Hawke’s Bay Port Branch, said the aim of the unions and Napier Port Co was “the same in terms of positive outcomes”, including union representation on the port’s health and safety committee.

“There is no room for complacency,” he said.

The call for an inquiry was launched by the Maritime Union of New Zealand and supported by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Secretary-General Melissa Ansell-Bridges said: “It is deeply worrying that another worker has been killed in ports of Auckland. Something clearly needs to change in the industry.”

Alastair MacLeod, Chairman of Napier Port Co, will be among the speakers at the memorial service, which will also include the opportunity to speak to victims of industrial accidents and those linked to someone who has died in such incidents.

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The Westborough Memorial Day Parade returns after a two-year hiatus https://memorial-memories.com/the-westborough-memorial-day-parade-returns-after-a-two-year-hiatus/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 13:54:29 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/the-westborough-memorial-day-parade-returns-after-a-two-year-hiatus/
Westborough Board of Selectmen Chairman Ian Johnson speaks during a ceremony outside the Forbes Municipal Building during a Memorial Day 2019 ceremony. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – The full Westborough Memorial Day Parade will return on May 30 after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.

The parade is sponsored by the Veterans Services Department and the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board. It will feature marching bands, veterans and civic groups, floats, an array of military vehicles and more than 20 units, and will conclude with an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Forbes Memorial Building

Ceremonies will be held prior to the parade at 8:30 a.m. at Veteran’s Minutemen Park, 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Cemetery, and 9:40 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery on a rotating basis.

The parade ends at 10:30 am at Midland Cemetery. From there, head to another ceremony at the Forbes Municipal Building at 11:00 a.m. before concluding at 11:45 a.m

All are invited to post-parade refreshments at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Retired Westborough Veterans Services Officer Ken Ferrara will be the Grand Marshal of the parade. Other participants include representatives from state and city government, parish clergy, Westborough Police and Fire Department groups and school music groups.

All Westborough veterans and citizens are encouraged to attend the parade, where flags will be distributed to all and ice cream cards will be distributed to the children in attendance.

Those plans are taking shape as the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board moves forward with its Hometown Heroes Banner project.

New this year, the banners will be hung on Memorial Day for the first time.

Banner slots have been filled since last week with banners to be printed in the coming weeks, according to CEO Jim Tepper.

There will be a dedication for these banners during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Forbes Municipal Building.

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Former Korean War MIA buried in Washington County https://memorial-memories.com/former-korean-war-mia-buried-in-washington-county/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 21:50:20 +0000 https://memorial-memories.com/former-korean-war-mia-buried-in-washington-county/