Lyon Park – Port Chester, NY

Pfc Joseph M Browne July 30 1944

Pfc Joseph M Browne July 30 1944

It was a beautiful afternoon when I wandered into Lyons Park at the suggestion of Bernie Able, Retired Lt. Col USAF of WWII & Korea.  There are quite a few memorials around the park, including a Fire Fighters memorial, a 9/11 Memorial  and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  As solemn and beautiful as the park is, it is alo a place where living takes place. As I was shooting this story a wedding was underway at the gazebo in the center of the park.

As I was meandering about the trees crossing from one memorial to the next I suddenly noticed that the flags hanging from the trees were in fact marking small bronze plaques with names.  Each plaque note a young man that gave the “last full measure” and didn’t come back to Westchester County.

Pvt James Murray US Army Sept 20 1944

Pvt James Murray US Army Sept 20 1944

It was quite a juxtaposition as I am reading the plaques to hear a roar of applause and cheering  coming from the Gazebo.  Yes life moves on like the hands of time, ticking away.  I feel you really do get the point as you meander through the 20 some acres of park and notice 30+ Plaques fastened to trees of all shapes and sizes.

They stand watch.  Like silent sentries ever on patrol, they stand eternal watch over the people of Port Chester, NY.

2nd Lieut. Joseph P Bova June 19 1944

2nd Lieut. Joseph P Bova June 19 1944

Pfc Leonard T Pangniello Dec 15 1944

PFC Leonard T Pangniello Died Dec 15 1944

Airman 1st class Nicholas Garofola Nov 4 1969

Airman 1st class Nicholas Garofola Nov 4 1969

Staff Sgt John P Ribuffo April 28 1944

Staff Sgt John P Ribuffo April 28 1944

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Pvt Daniel Ruvo September 16 1943

Pvt Daniel Ruvo September 16 1943

Sources

Town of Port Chester NY Department of Parks

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