On Monday, May 29, Southampton Village and the Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will be hosting the Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Agawam Park. This is one of the most important events that we can celebrate and recognize as a community.
Southampton has an outstanding veterans presence, and we owe everyone involved a debt of gratitude. In particular, I wanted to thank Chairman Robert Grisnik and Vice Chairman Bill Jones, who ensure that each and every event goes smoothly. From the July 4 Parade to Veterans Day, we are blessed to have great community-minded people like them serving the village.
As we honor and mourn those who gave their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country this Monday, I also wanted to thank a few individuals who will make this day possible. Robert Gill and Susan Steinke, as well as Mark Epley, serve as officers to the commission. Videographer Kat Styler serves as the recording secretary. Kat carries on the tradition of her father, Charlie Styler, who was a great man and whom I was honored to get to know. Members Frances Burns, Takano Calise, Gene Dombrowski, Marianne Epley, Raymond Enstine Jr., Colby Gill, Marty Gilmartin, Thomas Guldi, Paul Henneforth, Theresa Kiernan, Richard McMahon III and Lisa McWilliams also deserve credit and recognition.
We also thank members of the Southampton Village Police, Fire and EMS departments and the members of the Department of Public Works and Parks Department who work behind the scenes to set up the event.
All are welcome to help us pay tribute to those who gave their lives while protecting and serving our nation. As we celebrate our freedoms and enjoy the beginning of the summer season, we must thank our veterans and those who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our way of life today.
On behalf of the Village of Southampton, we thank the Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events and the strong and magnanimous veterans who serve the East End community. We greatly honor and mourn all members of the military, from Southampton and across the country, who have passed away, ensuring our free and safe future.
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