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A Little Soggy, But Bronxville Holds its 96th Annual Memorial Day Parade; See Photos of All Events PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

May 31, 2017: Overnight rain, an overcast Memorial Day morning, and the threat of more rain did nothing to stop Bronxville's 96th annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony. 

Village officials decided to move the ceremony from the front lawn of The Bronxville School to the school auditorium. Villagers, visitors, and parade participants filled the auditorium to near capacity.

Bronxville High School vocal ensemble SHA!cappella sang "The Star Spangled Banner" to open the ceremony.


Grand Marshal Donald Gray, self-proclaimed "longest serving grand marshal" after receiving the honor last year only to have the parade rained out, led the parade from Leonard Morange Square through the downtown business district to the front lawn of The Bronxville School. "It's a real thrill to come up under the railroad underpass and enjoy the flag-waving enthusiastic cheering by friends and neighbors," he said.

A veteran U.S. Army artillery officer, Gray delineated his military heritage. His great-grandfather fought with the 22nd Virginia Infantry under the command of General George S. Patton, Sr., grandfather of World War II General George S. Patton. In January of 1942, Gray said, one month after the Pearl Harbor bombing, his father quit his job as a schoolteacher and, at age 35, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

Upon leaving the Army, Gray entered Harvard University to earn a master of business administration degree. He recalled arriving at Logan Airport and seeing people his age spitting on soldiers returning from tours of duty in Vietnam. "I'm happy to say times have changed," he said. "We as a nation may not agree as to engaging in some wars or the conduct of them, but our respect and admiration for the men and women who serve is unbounded."

Mayor Mary Marvin noted that the effort to honor servicemen and women takes a rightful place in the village's Memorial Day celebration so that those most deserving of gratitude are never taken for granted.

"I believe we can all benefit from emulating our veterans' public service," Marvin said. Many historians, she added, are correlating the peak of bipartisanship and the passage of significant, substantive legislation with the number of veterans in the United States Congress. Only 20 percent of current congressional members are veterans, compared with 80 percent until the late 1970s.

"I'm not saying that service to country is a prerequisite to being an effective legislator," Marvin said. "Rather, I would urge us to adopt some of our veterans' most positive character traits--an expansive worldview, good judgment under pressure, love of country over self, and the understanding that consensus is often needed to achieve the best course for America."


Trustee Anne W. Poorman read the list of Bronxville veterans who have died since Memorial Day 2015 while a solo piper played "Amazing Grace."

In his benedictory remarks, Father Peter McGeory, pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, reminded the audience that behind every fallen service member are a family and friends. "For them, every day is Memorial Day," he said. "Our prayer on this Memorial Day is that we will never forget our priceless gift of freedom."

To see photos of the parade and other Memorial Day Weekend festivities, click here.

To see additional photos of the dog parade, click here.

Pictured here (from top):  Mayor Mary Marvin (L), Kathy Gray, and grand marshal Donald Gray; the three PTA chairs (L to R), Amy Korb, Betsy Putnam, and Linda Pagano; Donald Gray (center) with members of the Bronxville Police Department and Eastchester Fire Department. 

Photos above and in Memorial Day Weekend festivities gallery by A. Warner and N. Bower

Additional photos of the dog parade in dog parade gallery by Quintin George



#1 Jan von Mehren DATE_FORMAT_LC1
What an excellent speech our Mayor gave on Memorial Day. As I sat in our school auditorium and listened that morning, I marveled as I heard her turn what could have been a routine tribute to service members into, instead, a specific yet soaring charge, rooted in history, to act. Special focus on what elected representatives can learn from veterans. Well worth a read if you couldn't be there that morning. Thanks Mayor Mary Marvin.


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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