Cal-Mum Memorial Day 2015

by Maria on May 26th, 2015

At a time when some communities have given up their Memorial Day celebrations because of poor attendance, the Cal-Mum community still attracts a large crowd. Our local veterans put together a nice parade and a meaningful ceremony to honor those who died in the service of our country.

Don H.'s father was recently honored for his service to our country. He writes, "On May 8th, at the American Legion in Belmont, NY, Dad was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal for his involvement with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during WW-II.  The CAP had a big influence on Dad's decision to enlist in the US Army Air Corps, and his subsequent training as a Tuskegee Airman.  Congressman Tom Reed presented the Medal. We were privileged to have Pully in attendance at this wonderful event.
 
On May 19th in Albany, Dad was inducted into the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.  He was nominated by Senator Cathy Young.  Here is the link to Dad's page from the 2015 NYS Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame booklet: http://www.nysenate.gov/story/wallace-c-higgins " Wally's service  must have also had a big influence on Don, who is a Marine veteran.

We had 27 marchers on the street and two more at the ceremony. Harold and Emily couldn't march because they gave a ride to two veterans in their 1942 GPW during the parade, but they both played during the ceremony. The high school band, under the direction of Matt Trost, played God Bless America, and we played Armed Forces Salute. Later, the two bands blended together to play The Star-Spangled Banner.

Pully played taps; Scott, another former member of Kelley's Heroes, played the echo. Pully and Steve wore their army uniforms. Art wore his blue Arbor Farms shirt and had to leave right after the parade because he was needed at the greenhouse.

We had some good news: Kelley and Jon are expecting their second child in August; Ben and his wife, Heather, are expecting their first child in August. Congratulations!

We were happy to have Aleesa marching with us today. Aleesa used to march with us, but she hasn't been able to march the past couple of years because of other obligations. Welcome back, Aleesa! She also brought a friend, Jess. Jess carried the banner today, but she also plays clarinet. Rumor has it that she will be playing clarinet in Mendon with us this Saturday evening. Welcome, Jess!

Carrying the other end of the banner was Tom, father of Steph, Josh and Tom Jr.. Tom Sr. doesn't play an instrument, but he admitted that seeing his grown children playing in Kelley's Heroes made it worth listening to six years of Hot Cross Buns. (Musicians will recognize this as one of the first songs students learn to play because it uses only three notes.) We hope Tom Sr.will march more parades with us in the future.

Our next event is Saturday, May 30, in Mendon, where we'll be marching with our friends from the Bushnell's Basin Fire Department. See you there!


Posted in In the Spotlight, Performances, Stories    Tagged with Cal-Mum Memorial Day, Don H., Pully, Harold, Emily, Art, Kelly, Jon, Ben, Steve, Ben, Aleesa, Jess, Steph, Tom P., Tom P. Sr., Josh P.


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