Pleasantville Pays Its Respects on Memorial Day

Pleasantville High School and Fire Department bands perform, locals reflect on lives lost.

Residents of Pleasantville paid their respects today—Memorial Day—to both the locals who have lost their lives in World War I, World War II, The Korean War and The Vietnam War; as well as those who survived.

"We are a microcosm of this great nation's macrocosm," reflected Pleasantville's Commander Bert Ruiz of the Fancher Nicoll American Legion Post 77. "All over, I'm sure you all know someone who has served. And we want to thank them all, but in particular, those who gave the supreme sacrifice and those who were able to come home and enjoy these Memorial Day services."

Ceremonies were Monday held at the World War I memorial and at Memorial Plaza, while a celebratory parade came down Bedford Road in between.


At the World War I memorial, the following names were read: John Angelicchio, Hugh H. Feldbush, Nathan Goldstein, Charles W. Johnson, Francher Nicoll, William J. O'Reilly, Adolph Phiester, Frank Rose and Edward W. Teller.

Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter, School Board President Lois Winkler and Vice President Thomas Exton read the names of the Pleasantville residents who died serving the United States in World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam War. The following names are also inscribed on the village's monuments:

World War II: Harold Bassett Jr., John J. Cali, Ralph I. Caniff, Max I. Carruth, John Cioffredi Jr., Frank J. Cipolla, Robert C. Collins, James V. Corsi, Allen C. Currey, Albert P. DeGrazia, Alfred Fausak, Robert S. Fowler, Victori Gabrielli, Donald G. Haight, Charles B. Harrison, John W. Johnson Jr., Philip A. Lee, Harold A. Lock, John J. McEveety, Frank Montagano, Charles L. Presson, Frederick S. Roe, William Viscomi, Payne Williams

Korean War: Ted Arcidiacono

Vietnam War: Anthony C. Shine, Johnathan C. Shine, Howard Pyle Jr.

"This site was dedicated more than 80 years ago in 1930 in honor of those who were lost and those who were lost during wartime," revealed Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer at Memorial Plaza.

A diverse group gathered at the memorial for the day's final ceremony, where 's Camerata Singers sang Amazing Grace; the high school and bands performed; boy and girl scouts assisted with the roll call and placing of the wreaths and local religious leaders offered prayers and thoughts.

"As we close today, I'm reminded that the relief we share these Memorial Day ceremonies that no new name has been added to the these stones since The Vietnam War," Scherer said.

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