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May 25, 2014

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Niskayuna High School holds annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 22

 

Classmates of 1964 graduate killed in Vietnam pay special tribute

 

Niskayuna High School's annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 22 included a special remembrance of Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III, as his high school classmates are marking their 50th reunion this year. The high school holds the ceremony each year to honor the memory of the three graduates who were killed in action in Vietnam.

Lt. Robert S. Cragin Jr. of the class of 1962, Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III of the class of 1964, and Pfc. Richard W. Starkey of the class of 1965 were each remembered with a memorial wreath-laying. The high school holds the ceremony with the VFW Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III Post in Niskayuna.

Many members of the Class of 1964 Reunion Committee attended and laid a wreath in honor of the three graduates. Class member Jake Schuler, a neighbor of both Hovey III and Cragin, reflected on his time knowing the young men.

This video of the ceremony created by Class of 1964 member Cindy Bard Ball features more pictures from the event.

A 1965 graduate, retired Brig. Gen. Daniel Bradt, also addressed the gathering.

The event also connects generations in their commitment and service to our nation. As in past years, High School Principal, John Rickert individually recognized and presented a congratulatory certificate to members of this year's senior class who will be entering a branch of the military upon graduation.

The high school and the VFW post have held the ceremony for the past 20-plus years. It is open to all members of our community.

 

Photos from the 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony at Niskayuna High School

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Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

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Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

 

picture from the ceremony

Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

 

picture from the ceremony

Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

 

picture from the ceremony

Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

 

picture from the ceremony

Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

 

picture from the ceremony

Warrior Photographer Katherine Quinn 

 

picture from the ceremony 

 

picture from the ceremony