Niskayuna High School held its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, May 22, bringing generations together
again to remember the lives of three Niskayuna High School graduates killed in
Vietnam and to honor local veterans and alumni for their service to country. The
ceremony is open to all members of the Niskayuna school community and the
general public each year.
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The high school holds the ceremony in partnership with the VFW Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III Post in Niskayuna.
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, who died in Vietnam, were remembered with a memorial wreath-laying. Members of the Class of 1964 also honored their fallen classmate as part of the service. The ceremony also recognizes the service of many local veterans from past wars who are in attendance.
High School Principal, John Rickert, also recognized Class of 2015 member Muhammed S. Jones, who is entering the U.S. Army. As is tradition, the names of Niskayuna High School alumni who have served in the armed forces since Sept. 11, 2001, were also read.
The ceremony included musical selections by Bel Canto Voices, the performance of "Echo Taps" by senior Chad Rockwell and junior Olivia Canavan, and a reading of Carl Sandburg's poem, "Grass," by Senior Class President Danielle Rice.
This is the 23rd year that the high school and the VFW post have held the Memorial Day ceremony.