Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 29, 2014
Vietnam War focus for Island Memorial Day observance
At the May 26, 2014 Island Memorial Day Observance in the Congregational Church of Deer Isle, Maine, Gabrielle, Grace and Shawn Morey, from front left, were presented with American Legion Good Citizenship Awards for their work in collecting and replacing worn and torn flags in Island cemeteries. Richard Eaton, Master of Ceremonies from Rodney Stinson Post 102 American Legion, made the announcement and his grandson Cody, back right, made the presentation.
by Nat Barrows
The main focus of the 2014 Memorial Day observance May 26 was a detailed narrative about the Island and Islanders during the Vietnam War. Richard Eaton, Fred Whitford, Mark Robinson and Joe Brown presented the narrative, extensively researched and largely written by Lee Fay. The full text appears on pages 4 and 5 of this issue.
With rain and drizzle in the morning and more forecast, the observance was moved inside to the Congregational Church. As he has done for many years, Richard Eaton from Rodney Stinson Post 102 of the American Legion served as master of ceremonies.
The opening this year included a presentation of American Legion Good Citizenship Awards to Gabrielle, Grace and Sean Morey for their work in collecting and replacing worn and torn flags in Island cemeteries. Eagle Scout candidate Cody Eaton, Richard’s grandson, presented the awards, a certificate of appreciation citing “outstanding citizenship.” Cody Eaton also led the pledge of allegiance.
The Rev. Amy Vaughn of the host Congregational Church gave the invocation and benediction.
Joe Brown read the Gettysburg Address.
Diana Lane sang the opening national anthem, joined Dave Taylor in singing the Peter, Paul and Mary song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and joined Justine Rhys singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Taylor sang “Ballad of the Green Berets.” The latter three songs, contemporary for the timeline, were interspersed during the Vietnam narrative readings.
The school band, under the direction of Beth Kyzer, played a number of selections. Justine Rhys sang the “Navy Hymn.” Marnie Crowell recited “In Flanders Fields.” There was no gun salute.
When the ceremony was over, those attending stepped out into a sunny and warming spring day.