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Rockland honors fallen on Memorial Day

By Stephen Betts | May 31, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts American Legion Post Sargent at Arms Carroll Gifford prepares to lay a wreath at the monument at Park and Main streets in Rockland.

Rockland — The rains held off for the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony in Rockland as the state's oldest American Legion post honored those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt Post Commander David Sulin talked about how the day should be to honor the sacrifices of those who died protecting the U.S. and not be turned into another holiday where people look for best shopping deals.

Rockland Poet Laureate Emerita Carol Bachofner read a sonnet she created for the day. Her father served in World War II, was a prisoner of war and received a purple heart.

Her sonnet was titled "A Wreath, A Flag, the Soldier's Time."

Post Chaplain Sharon Heine offered opening and closing prayers.

Sergeant at Arms Carroll Gifford placed a wreath at the monument at Park and Main street while Taps played.

The Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble band performed at the ceremony.

Sulin recognized the volunteer work by Oceanside High School baseball and softball teams who placed flags on 1,000 veteran graves in Rockland.

American Legion Post Commander David Sulin led the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. Mayor Ed Glaser stands in the background. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
Navy veteran Robert Perdrizet, 101, attended the Rockland Memorial Day ceremony. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
The Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble conducted by Marlene Hall performed at Rockland's Memorial Day ceremony. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
Oceanside softball and baseball players and coaches helped place flags on the graves of veterans in Rockland. (Photo by: American Legion)
(Photo by: American Legion)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stacie Wogalter | Jun 01, 2021 11:25

Yes, well done! Thank you!

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | May 31, 2021 16:10

Well done Post 1!

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