Memorial Day Brings Out Families and Friends to Honor Veterans and Enjoy Community Events: See More than 100 Photos of Weekend Celebration by N. Bower Print


June 1, 2011:  At 8:30 am on Memorial Day, May 30, the rain was pouring so hard that no one in his or her right mind would have ventured forth to watch the parade, let alone march in it.  Meanwhile, Mayor Mary Marvin and Village Administrator Harry Porr were deciding what to do:  call it off, delay it, or go on with the show.  The mayor called it right and ordered the parade to begin as planned.

A few minutes after 9:00 am, as if the mayor had given the command, the rain stopped, the clouds parted, and the sun shone as those who had lined up on the west side of town under umbrellas to march in the parade began to move into position.  The 91st annual Memorial Day parade was under way.

Leading the parade were vintage Model A's and Model T's, followed by Arthur Miller, the parade's grand marshal.  Marching with him down Pondfield Road from Leonard Morange Square to The Bronxville School were Mayor Mary Marvin, the village's trustees, and judges and other officials, followed by bagpipers and a drum corps providing the music and beat to keep the marchers in step.

Representatives of various civic organizations and agencies, including the Bronxville Beautification Council, Lawrence Hospital Center, Daughters of the American Revolution, Bronxville Women's Club, and Senior Citizens Council, as well as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownies, were not far behind.  The colorful grand finale was provided by kids on bicycles and tricycles decked out in red, white, and blue.

At a bandstand in front of The Bronxville School, the mayor addressed the crowd.  "I want to dedicate this year's Memorial Day commemoration to Arthur Miller, the grand marshal," she said, "and to all his fellow World War II veterans who served so bravely and who are leaving us much too quickly."

"Sixteen million Americans answered the call to serve in World War II," she continued, "and a staggering 400,000 gave their lives.  It was the defining moment of the 20th century and the ultimate symbol of moral strength and national unity. ... They were not warriors by nature, just lovers of freedom and their country."

Arthur Miller then read out the names of dozens of local veterans and service members who passed away since last Memorial Day.

Representatives from various community groups and agencies laid wreaths at the base of the flagpole, assisted by members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, followed by one last sounding of taps for the fallen soldiers.  Father Herbert DeGaris from St. Joseph's Church gave the benediction and Dale Walker sang a stirring "America the Beautiful."

Afterwards, as local dignitaries headed toward Bronxville's cemetery for a brief ceremony, many families walked to the elementary school playground and school football field to enjoy carnival games and hamburgers and hot dogs sponsored by the Bronxville PTA.  Others went into the elementary school to see the Bronxville Veterans Memorial Exhibit, which, with photos, letters, and written accounts, documented Bronxville residents who served in previous wars from WWI to the present.

To see over 100 photos of the parade and weekend events, hit the link below and go to the Gala and Gatherings page.

Pictured here:  Mayor Mary Marvin near the podium with speech in hand on Memorial Day with Arthur Miller, the grand marshal, beside her.

Photos by N. Bower