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Dundee KIA’s Named Grand Marshals of Yates County Memorial Day Parade

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With Yates County hosting “The Wall That Heals” in August, the Penn Yan Memorial Day parade we will be honoring the two men from Yates County whose names appear on the wall as Grand Marshals.

Richard Vroman Smith and Kenneth Ross Kent were both from Dundee. Smith was a Navy Hospital Corpsman who was killed in action on October 12, 1967, in Quang Tri Province. His name is inscribed on panel 27E, line 97 on “The Wall That Heals.”

Kent was an Army Sgt who was killed in action on March 3, 1969, in Phuoc Long Province. His name is inscribed on panel 30W, line 25 on “The Wall That Heals.”

On Memorial Day, Veterans and all parade participants are asked to meet at the Community Center on North Main St. at 9:30. The parade will proceed down North Main Street to the Old Court House Lawn and will step off at 10:00.

This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 27 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Court House Lawn. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Robert “Win” Harper US Marine Corps Ret.

Win was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1966. Win joined the Marine Corps after graduation and attended Officer Candidate School, graduating on 1 November 1966 when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in Vietnam in 1967- 1968. Win returned to Vietnam in 1972 serving as the Fire Support coordinator for the 33rd Marine Amphibious Unit. After almost 26 years in the Marines Win retired as a Lt. Col. in August of 1992. During his career with the Marines Win was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal with combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon. Win and his wife Elizabeth live in Middlesex.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Hon. W. Patrick Falvey, retired Yates County Judge, who served as a 1st Lt. in the 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army in Vietnam. Falvey is currently
Judge Advocate for the Department of New York American Legion.

The color guard will do a rifle salute followed by taps at the end of the service.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be conducted at the Johnson Costello Post 355 Pavilion located at 2001 Himrod Rd, Penn Yan. A luncheon will follow rain or shine at the Pavilion prepared by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 355.

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