Lake Pleasant Honor Roll
Donated by Brenda Howe
taken about 1945
Names on the Honor Roll
Robert Brooks died on 24 Jun 1944
I'm not sure why Robert Brooks and Raymond Danforth are identified as having died (with a gold star in the picture), but Michael Downey is not listed at all, though he died earlier than they did. On the other hand, he died the year before, and there are other servicemen names missing as well. Perhaps this Honor Roll was kept in terms of who was currently in service and/or died during the current year.
31 May 1944
County Honor Roll Contains 2 Gold Stars
Speculator - ideal weather prevailed for the Memorial Day Services Sunday afternoon.
Marching in the parade which formed at the Lake Pleasant Central school and proceeded to the Honor Roll were members of the American Legion, the auxiliary Fire department, Band, American Red Cross in several branches of its work, and children of the Lake Pleasant Central School with several of the older girls as cadet captains.
Raymond J. Burke, Past County Commander, introduced Fred E. York, Commander of Stanley Stevens Post, who acted as master of ceremonies. This was followed by a selection by the Band, a few well chosen words of welcome by Mayor William Remmey, and the Invocation by Rev. Fr. Charles, Beatrice Magee recited: "In Flanders' Fields."
Carl L. Earley, Hamilton County Salvage Chairman, presented War Bonds to Miss Audrey Howland and Gordon Parslow, the girl and boy who had brought in the most salvage fat.
The main address of the afternoon, given by Honorable Bernard Kearney was very and inspiring.
Mrs. Carl L. Earley, President of the Auxiliary of American Legion led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Stanley G. Schoonmaker, Past County Commander, read the names of the Honored dead of Hamilton county, the tear-dimmed eyes of many turned to the Lake Pleasant Honor Roll which now bears two Gold stars, one for Michael Downey who met death in the African campaign, and one for Raymond Danforth who made the supreme sacrifice in Italy recently. This was followed by a Salute to Flag and Honored dead by the Firing Squad of Stanley Stevens Post, tape sounded by William Barnard, and the benediction by Rev. F. B. Grim.
The playing of the National anthem by the High School band concluded that portion of the ceremonies, whereupon the parade formed and marched to the cemetery for services at the grave of a veteran, during which Miss Dorothy Slack placed a wreath upon the grave of her father, Dexter Slack.
As a part of the day's observance, members of the American Legion and Auxiliary of American Legion, attended the morning worship service at Grace church. One of the highlights of the service was the reading of an timely poem written by Commander Fred E. York.
Service Flag Dedicated
[transcriber's note: the Service Flag refered to here, was a small flag with a white background, red edging, and a blue star in the center, on it for each child currently serving in the armed forces. It was displayed in many homes at the front window, facing outward, during WWII. If the child died in the war, then a gold star was embroidered over the blue star. The list below is presumably the names of the sons who went to war, whose family chose to have a Service Flag dedicated to them. The blue star symbolizes hope and pride and a gold star symbolizes sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom.]
The special feature of the evening service at Lake Pleasant. They are:
The small community of Lake Pleasant has given very heavily of its young men, with six Parslow brothers and four Knapp brothers now in various branches of the armed forces.
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