Veterans' Day - November 11, 2020
This year, due to the covid pandemic, our ceremony was limited to a smaller, brief ceremony at the Seventh Regiment Memorial on Fifth Avenue.
Here are a few photos taken that day. Some members of the Knickerbocker Grays joined us.
Memorial Day - May 25th, 2020
The very first Medal of Honor recipient, COL Bernard Irwin, was a member of the Seventh Regiment, then he was followed by many others.
This monument was erected by the Seventh Regiment in memory of those members lost in World War I and those who served what was supposed to be “the war to end all wars,” but we needed soldiers even after the World War I armistice. General Douglas Macarthur said “The soldier, above all others, prays for peace.”
Please remember those who served before and those who currently serve, not just today, but every day. Please remember their commitment to our country and make your own commitment to stand up for them: they need your help.
On this special Memorial Day we would like to remember all who have served and are serving in any capacity to reduce the harm of the Covid-19 pandemic. The New York Army National Guard served and continues to serve in Covid-19 hotline call centers. In the first two weeks of the quarantine the New York Army National Guard answered 260,000 telephone calls. Three thousand six hundred New York National Guard men and women have served at drive-through covid test sites, assembling temporary hospitals and staffing them with National Guard medical personnel treating covid patients, and as of April 18th the New York National Guard had packaged and delivered 1,398,947 meals to those in need.
We owe it to our military and their loved ones to remember; we owe it to them to tell the story of how and why they served; we owe it to them to honor the ideals they embraced in the past and they embrace today. This war activity still exists, but today it is against covid-19. What will it be tomorrow?
Our Chaplain will now deliver the Invocation, followed by a ceremonial laying of the wreath. [end of Principe remarks]
Providence chose to play a hand in The Seventh Regiment's Hindenburg monument Dedication Service. General Robert Glacel fully expected a small Dedication Ceremony at the 107ths Monument Ceremony which would only include himself; the Halle family and a few friends and locals.
But Providence was to prove otherwise. Shortly before, Bob was to learn that a group of officers and noncoms were visiting American battlefields and Cemetaries on behalf of the 42nd Division and the 27th Brigade NYARNG. Suddenly the Dedication Service included a Uniformed Color Guard with some of the soldiers wearing the same Unit patch that was worn by the men of the 107th Infantry Regiment on that battlefield one hundred years earlier. Please see the photos below.
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