Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009: Westporters We Have Lost

(The following are remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2009 Memorial Day parade.)

Good morning everyone and welcome to the 2009 Westport Memorial Day observance.

Thank you once again to parade organizer Bill Vornkahl. If I am not mistaken, this is Bill’s 39th Memorial Day parade he has organized. What a tremendous record.  Let’s give Bill a warm round of applause.

And a special tribute to our grand marshal, Ed See. Ed is a World War II veteran, serving in the counterintelligence corps in the Pacific, including assignment to General Douglas McArthur’s headquarters in Manila.

For more than 60 years, Ed has been a valuable member of the Westport community, serving as a founding partner in the firm of Wake, See, Dimes & Bryniczka, and in many capacities of town service. Thank you, Ed, for all you have done for Westport and the nation.

In this age of the Internet, FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter and other means of modern communication, a small town Memorial Day parade may seem quaint and out of place to some.

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