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Bronxville Honors War Dead on Memorial Day; Mayor Mary Marvin Calls for Spirit of Unity and Reconciliation in Remembrance: See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter     

May 29, 2019: Mayor Mary Marvin noted Bronxville’s 99th annual Memorial Day parade and commemoration by calling attention to the original act of reconciliation shortly after the Civil War that gave rise to the current holiday. On that day, local women laid flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in the local cemetery. “I can’t imagine a greater act of patriotism and reconciliation,” Marvin said.

The commemoration began at Leonard Morange Park, where, after a volley of musket fire from the Fifth New York Regiment, dressed in Revolutionary War-era uniforms, wreaths were laid at the memorials for military personnel who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

The grand marshal, retired Bronxville Justice Court Judge George McKinnis, called the units to order to begin the parade, which proceeded on Pondfield Road through the business district.

Judge McKinnis, who graduated from Oklahoma University as a second lieutenant, served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis in the early 1960s and had command of an infantry platoon, part of the Strategic Air Command, that stood at the ready to ship out to any active theater of war.

As grand marshal, McKinnis led local and area dignitaries, units from local churches, civic service organizations, and municipal services, as well as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and several classic cars. The parade ended at The Bronxville School, where the ceremony continued on the front lawn.

“This parade and ceremony have held a unique and storied place in the history of our village,” Marvin said. She added that, in the last few years, the village has renewed its efforts to ensure that honoring servicemen and women who are most deserving of gratitude takes its rightful place on center stage each year.

Trustee Bill Barton read the honor roll of Bronxville veterans, two from World War II, who died since Memorial Day 2018.

Assisted by the Boy Scouts, Mayor Marvin, Police Chief Christopher Satriale, and Dennis Winter, who represented the Eastchester Fire Board of Commissioners, laid wreaths at the flagpole. Representatives from The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, the Bronxville Green Committee, The Bronxville Women’s Club, and the Daughters of the American Revolution together with the village historian followed suit and laid wreaths at the flagpole memorial.

“We are the only country in the world,” Marvin said, “which tries to listen to the teachings of its founders as if they were still alive and guiding us. We just need to listen a little harder.”

The 99th annual commemoration closed with singing “American the Beautiful” and a lone bugler playing taps.

Below are photos from the parade and commemoration.

 

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Photos by N. Bower and A. Warner

 

 

 

 

 

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Bronxville Overview

Bronxville Overview

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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