On Memorial Day 2009, former President Barack Obama gave an eloquent eulogy for those who had died wearing American uniforms: “If the fallen could speak to us, what would they say? Would they console us? Perhaps they might say that while they could not know they’d be called upon to storm a beach through a hail of gunfire, they were willing to give up everything for the defense of our freedom; that while they could not know they’d be called upon to jump into the mountains of Afghanistan and seek an elusive enemy, they were willing to sacrifice all for their country; that while they couldn’t possibly know they would be called to leave this world for another, they were willing to take that chance to save the lives of their brothers and sisters in arms.” READ
It started with flowers. We don’t know if it was a single bloom, a bunch of wildflowers picked at a roadside, a 19th-century floral arrangement called a “posy” or a bouquet from a formal garden. But it started with flowers. READ
Music performed by the Riverhead Middle School band filled the ears of nearly two dozen people gathered outside Peconic Bay Medical Center Thursday afternoon.
The crowd came out to honor and thank veterans for their service in honor of Memorial Day and witness The Auxiliary at Peconic Bay Medical Center donate a $3,500 check to Boots on the Ground — a team of veterans who provide veterans and their families with food and furniture, and also ships monthly care packages to the military units that don’t have access to supplies. READ
A little rain wasn’t about to stop the Combined Veterans of Riverhead from hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade Monday morning. READ
A few years back, when a Times Review editor visited a national cemetery for a Memorial Day story, he stumbled upon a Vietnam veteran and cemetery caretaker. READ
The Riverhead Cub Scout Pack 242 was one of many volunteer groups to place American flags on graves Saturday morning at Calverton National Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.
The red, white and blue of the American flag will once again blanket the North Fork on Monday, May 29, as local parades and ceremonies are held in observance of Memorial Day.