Special events planned for Memorial Day ceremony

American flagThe Greenwich American Legion Post 29 has a number of special events in store for its annual Memorial Day Ceremony, to be held May 27 at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, beginning at 8 a.m.

One of the day’s highlights will be a speech from Capt. Jim Larkin, a Korean War veteran and Greenwich resident.

“As this year marks the 60th year since the end of the Korean War, we are honored to have Capt. Larkin join us as we honor all the brave men and women who have given their lives for our great nation,” said Christopher Hughes, the post commander and master of ceremonies for the American Legion.

The event will also honor those killed in the 9/11 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya — focusing on U.S. Navy SEAL veterans Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.

According to Mr. Hughes, the purpose of the Memorial Day Ceremony is to “honor the brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation, from the patriots on the Green at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1776, to the hills of Afghanistan today.”

There will be a meet and greet immediately following the event.

The event will feature several tributes including a youth flag presentation, memorial wreath presentations, reading the roll call, a twenty-one-gun salute, music and more.

Also participating in the ceremony will be the US Naval Sea Cadets, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich Honor Guard, Greenwich Emergency Medical Services Honor Guard, Greenwich Police Explorers and all of the town’s local veterans organizations, including the Ninth District Veterans, Byram Veterans, VFW Post 1792, Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America.

The event is open to the public and residents are encouraged to bring their children.

Veterans are asked to wear their uniforms.

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