are moving forward for Temple's annual Memorial Day observance, which
this year falls on June 1, the first
Sunday after the national holiday. In keeping with long-standing tradition,
the parade will step off at noon, after church gets out, with various
elements of the parade marshaling at "
The Old School," now the residence of the Robert Moses family. All
military veterans - newcomers and old hands alike - are encouraged to march
in the parade ("Civvies" are perfectly fine if your uniform
has shrunk over the years; bring your old service cap if you've got it.)
for the town's honor guard are always in demand (uniform, at least semi-regulation,
Services are scheduled at the Memorial Tree, where honors
will be rendered to Temple's three servicemen who lost their lives
in World War II. Beginning
this year, 2003, plans are being readied to make special, individual
of the 60th anniversary of each of these men's ultimate sacrifices, in
the order in which they were taken from us: 2003, 1st Sgt. David H. Quinn
(1943), USMC; Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Leon Blood (1944), U.S. Navy; and
1st Lt. Murray M. Day (1945), U.S. Army. Only a handful of folks reading
this item will personally remember these brave men, which somehow makes
it all the more important that they not be forgotten, not only as fallen
warriors, but also as fellow citizens who once had bright plans for a
good life, right here in their hometown.
Following the Memorial Tree services, a brief ceremony will be held
across the way on the Common, as will a similar observance at the New
Miller Cemetery, by the ballfield.
The Greenville Legion post will once again assist us
this year with its Memorial Day services, providing its well-trained,
honor guard, which, in addition to rendering honors in the center of
town and at the Old miller Cemetery, will also travel cross-town to the
cemetery in the North End, to honor the veterans buried there. The Temple
Town Band will per usual provide marching and ceremonial music and
will present its
annual Memorial Day concert on the common, slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Considerable amount of behind-the-scenes work is required
to make Memorial Day happen, and in addition to the "usual suspects," fresh
talent is always welcome to help spread out the workload. Among the chores
that need to be done are: making grinders, planting the flower beds and
window boxes, wreath-making, and other duties. If you'd like to help
or participate in Temple's proud Memorial Day tradition.
Paul Quinn at: 924-6173. - 'article copy
from town newsletter'