Flag Bearer Monument Centennial 2016

On Memorial Day 2016, our community marked the Flag Bearer monument’s centennial with Roe Jan area veterans. It was a proud day for us – and a privilege to remember the local men who fought to preserve the Union and the 18 Hillsdale men who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Reverend Mary Langley, United Methodist Church, offered the invocation.
  • Supervisor Peter Cipkowski gave opening remarks.
  • Meg Mettler Wormley read four verses that were written for the original 1916 dedication by poet Thomas Evans.
  • Town Historian Jay Rohrlich recited the names of the 18 dead from Hillsdale.
  • Rusty Elster, Senior at Taconic Hills, read the Gettysburg Address.
  • Lewis Cleale, who is currently performing in the Book of Mormon on Broadway, sang the National Anthem.
  • As the Taconic Hills Band played Battle Hymn to the Republic, Helen Hall and Commander Gerald Roberts of our local VFW placed a wreath on the monument.
  • Supervisor Cipkowski also spoke at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Hillsdale Fire House.
  • Thank you letter to the Register Star and Columbia Paper.
  • Memorial Day VIDEO Compilation
  • Memorial Day DRONE VIDEO View