Fishers Island’s American Legion Post 1045 hosted the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony Sunday, May 25. The rite began with the firing of the canon by United States Army veteran John Doucette with the assistance of United States Marine Corps veteran and past American Legion Post Commander John Ski.
The parade traveled to the island’s Town Green for the ceremony that included a prayer by Karl Eiriksson, pastor of Church on the Rock and remarks by Army Reserve Captain Eric Giles, also serving as the post commander.
A wreath was presented to the Gaillard family by Army Lieutenant Brendon Conroy and Marine Corporal Sam Dillman. It was laid in memory of all deceased service members and in special memory of Happy Gaillard, who served in the Navy’s WAVES in Washington for three years during World War II.
A rifle salute followed, led by Korean War veteran Joe Rogan, and executed by Vietnam veteran Tim Patterson, and representing the Sons of the American Legion Bruce Hubert. Taps was played by Fishers Island School music teacher Chris Dollar. The ceremony and parade were followed by a picnic cookout at the Legion organized by Legion Manager Deb Doucette.
Earlier that morning from the Sea Stretcher a wreath was laid at sea by members of the Rogan family in memory of all service members lost at sea and in special remembrance of United States Marine Corps veteran Peter Rogan.
Many thanks to the Fire District, Fire Department and EMTs, all the current and retired service men and women, volunteers and guests who participated and enjoyed the afternoon of remembrance.