New Windsor Veterans Honor Their Lost Heroes
The Town of New Windsor, NY, annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade was blessed to have a beautiful day on Sunday, 5/19/19. Traditionally, the Town hosts these festivities one week prior to the actual official Memorial Day program. Since the surrounding communities also celebrate Memorial Day with parades and a host of varying activities, New Windsor chose the earlier date. Prior to the 11:00 AM Fire Siren alerting the community to the start of the ceremony, marchers and McCleod’s Bagpipers of Cornwall paraded from the Quassaick Fire House to the New Windsor Memorial.
The Catholic War Veterans Joseph R. Farina Memorial Post #386 provided the Color Guard and the Firing Squad. Following the CWV was New Windsor Post 1796 American Legion members as well as various other veteran groups. Volunteer Firemen from Quassaick and Vails Gate also marched. Girls Scouts, New Windsor Town and Police Officials as well as some members of the NFA Air Force Jr ROTC participated in the march.
American Legion Post 1796 hosted the ceremony this year and began with their Chaplain delivering a prayer in behalf of all departed veterans. The American Flag was raised to the National Anthem and the CWV Firing Squad fired three rounds in a salute to the fallen comrades. Taps was played by Luke Ramjug, an NFA Band student. New Windsor Town Supervisor, George Greene welcomed and thanked the participants and spoke of the passing of one of New Windsor’s finest gentlemen, Joseph R. Farina who passes away in December 2018. Supervisor Greene alluded to the many contributions Joe had made throughout his life to the community. As a means to honor his memory, Debbie Greene, unveiled a permanent plaque dedicated to Joe Farina as members of Joe’s family looked on.
This was an extremely somber moment as Catholic War Veterans Joseph R. Farina Memorial Post #386 individually bestowed their farewell salute to their beloved past Post Commander and recipient of the prestigious St. Sebastian Order. The plaque consists of his photo in his CWV Dress Uniform. Another presentation by Supervisor Greene followed. The Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Brooks, USN, KIA Award was presented to Deacon Tony Ferraiuolo, Chaplain, Catholic War Veterans Joseph R. Farina Memorial Post #386 for his many contributions to the New Windsor community.
Laying of the wreaths at the Memorial site took place following the award presentation. At the conclusion of this ceremony, presenters marched to the “911 Memorial” located within Calvary Cemetery to honor the fallen of that horrific day. The American Legion provided a light lunch at their hall prior to the start of the Parade, which was scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM.
God bless the U.S.A.!
Article & photos by James R. Formato