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Final Roll Call – Merrick Memorial Day Parade 2014

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 26, 2014

Once again, three generations of our family attended the Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.

Merrick, New York, U.S. - May 26, 2014 - Mother holds her 2-year-old son who is pointing to a Fire Engine in the Merrick Memorial Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post 1282 of Merrick, honoring those who died in war while serving in the United States military. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. May 26, 2014.  Mom and her toddler son watch fire engines in the Merrick Memorial Day Parade. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

This morning it was even more moving than usual because Dad’s name was one of those read during the American Legion Merrick Post 1282  “Final Roll Call” near the end of the memorial events at Merrick Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Dad loved history, especially about the Civil War. He had a photographic memory – which landed him in military intelligence during WWII. He enjoyed reciting poems, and we all enjoyed listening to them, including a dashing rat-a-tat-tat one about a military reporter, that Dad heard the author recite just once. He was also quite the raconteur.

In the above video, Dad becomes more his animated self as he goes along. Our family loves how it gives a glimpse of the kind, gentle man he was.

We miss you and we love you, Dad.

Merrick, New York, U.S. - May 26, 2014 - A veteran salutes fire fighters marching in The Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 1282 of Merrick, honors those who died in war while serving in the United States military. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. May 26, 2014 – Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 1282 of Merrick. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick Memorial Day 2014:   SLIDESHOW  |   GALLERY

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2013 Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala

Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 2, 2013

The 10th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17, had a soaring setting – the  3-story atrium lobby and the main Exhibition Hall of the world-class aviation museum.

Garden City, NY, U.S. - February 27, 2013. HARRISON H. SCHMITT, Apollo 17 Astronaut and former U.S. Senator, is honored at 10th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala. (© 2013 Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. – February 27, 2013. HARRISON H. SCHMITT, Apollo 17 Astronaut and former U.S. Senator, is honored at 10th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala. (© 2013 Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Apollo 17 Astronaut and former U.S. Senator HARRISON SCHMITT received the Spirit of Discovery Award, PETER RETTALIATA received the Leroy R. Grumman Award, and TODD RICHMAN received the Donald E. Axinn community Service Award.

Those speaking also included ANDREW PARTON, LINDA ARMYN, MARC MACDONALL, and  LUIS TOLOSA, a graduate of the Westbury STEM Magnet Academy of the Cradle of Aviation (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math).

The Gala, which was a few months later than originally scheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, also featured a performance by St. Anthony High School’s “Celtic Friars” Pipe Band (South Huntington), a band and dancing, and a Silent Auction of items such as aviation and sports memorabilia, including an eye-catching large framed poster of Long Island Astronauts.

10th Annual Cradle of Aviation Air & Space Gala:  GALLERY

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