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May 22, 2015

Niskayuna High School Memorial Day ceremony brings generations and community together to remember

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

Local veterans, alumni, students, and school leaders gather to remember fallen veterans

Niskayuna High School held its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, May 22, bringing generations together again to remember the lives of three Niskayuna High School graduates killed in Vietnam and to honor local veterans and alumni for their service to country. The ceremony is open to all members of the Niskayuna school community and the general public each year.

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The high school holds the ceremony in partnership with the VFW Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III Post in Niskayuna.

Lt. Robert S. Cragin Jr. of the class of 1962, Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III of the class of 1964, and Pfc. Richard W. Starkey of the class of 1965, who died in Vietnam, were remembered with a memorial wreath-laying. Members of the Class of 1964 also honored their fallen classmate as part of the service. The ceremony also recognizes the service of many local veterans from past wars who are in attendance.

High School Principal, John Rickert, also recognized Class of 2015 member Muhammed S. Jones, who is entering the U.S. Army. As is tradition, the names of Niskayuna High School alumni who have served in the armed forces since Sept. 11, 2001, were also read.

The ceremony included musical selections by Bel Canto Voices, the performance of "Echo Taps" by senior Chad Rockwell and junior Olivia Canavan, and a reading of Carl Sandburg's poem, "Grass," by Senior Class President Danielle Rice.

This is the 23rd year that the high school and the VFW post have held the Memorial Day ceremony.

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony

 

picture from Memorial Day ceremony