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Residents unite for 44th ceremony

Annual Memorial Day honors the Four Chaplain, veterans lost at sea

June 2, 2016
The Town Crier

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 15s 44th annual Poland Memorial Day ceremony commenced at 9 a.m. by honoring The Four Chaplains, four Army officers among the military personnel being transported overseas for duty.

The Four Chaplains -- Methodist minister Lt. George L. Fox, Rabbi Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Catholic Church priest Lt. John P. Washington and Reformed Church in America minister Lt. Clark V. Poling -- unselfishly gave their life jackets to four others when their ship, the SS Dorchester, sank after being torpedoed by a German submarine.

The Four Chaplains were last seen linked arm in arm, when their ship sank into icy black waters.

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Photos by Mike Audi, Town Crier
Poland Boy Scout Pack 44 and Pack 2 carry a 20-by-30-foot American flag to honor our veterans during Monday's Memorial Day parade in Poland.

Following the ceremony, the annual Poland Memorial Day parade traveled down College Street, to South Main Street, to Riverside Drive and into the Riverside Cemetery.

A brief ceremony was held on the Main Street Bridge in honor of those lost at sea, with a full memorial services in Riverside Cemetery.

Bob Pluchinsky and Frank Bochenek served as special guests, while retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Brian Kennedy was the keynote speaker of the Day.

Village Councilman Joe Mazur served as this year's parade grand marshal. Pastor Reid Lamport of The Church of The Rock was Chaplain of the Day.



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