Pelham Town Supervisor Peter DiPaola will be this year's Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27. The keynote speaker at the post parade ceremony will be Bob Shepherd, a Pelham resident and a veteran of nearly twenty years service with the 22nd SAS Regiment and currently a media commentator.
The Town of Pelham and Pelham Post #50 of the American Legion will once again host the Memorial Day Parade honoring those Pelhamites who lost their lives in America's wars and conflicts. This year's parade continues a record going back over 100 years. It will kick-off from the Esplanade across from The Manor Club at 11:30am (groups in the parade should line up no later than 11:00am).
Led by the veterans of Pelham American Legion Post #50, the parade will again contain contingents from the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps, with this year's troops serving on the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Hue City, the only U.S. Navy ship named after a battle in the Vietnam War.
The parade will proceed down flag-bedecked streets from the Esplanade to Wolfs Lane and then through the Village of Pelham to Veteran's Park on Fifth Avenue (next to Town Hall) where a Memorial Service will take place at 12:15pm.
During the Ceremonies at Veteran's Park, Town Supervisor Peter DiPaola will be introduced as this year's Grand Marshal. Supervisor DiPaola's family moved to Pelham in 1952 where he attended Siwanoy School and where he later met and married his wife Julieta. Peter started his community involvement as a coach for his children's (Julie Marie, Peter and William) Little League and soccer teams, and was appointed a member of the Village of Pelham Manor Planning Board in 1991. He was elected Trustee in in 1993, Mayor in 2001, Town Councilman in 2004 and has been the Town Supervisor since his first election in 2011. He has also been a member or Rotary, PACT, and the Pelham Civics. He is retiring from politics at the end of this year, but promises that he will still stay involved in what he calls “the finest community in Westchester.”
This year's Keynote Speaker, Bob Shepherd lives in Pelham with his wife, journalist Patricia Sagba and daughter. While in service with the 22nd SAS Regiment, he participated in the Dhofar campaign, Oman, the Iranian Embassy siege in London, the Falklands War, the first Gulf War and the Bosnia war. He left the Regiment in 1994 as a Warrant Officer and went to work on the international security circuit as an advisor to media, diplomats, VIP's and others. Bob's work in the private sector has taken him to some of the most volatile places on earth including the Balkans, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He is a regular media commentator on security issues and geopolitics, and has appeared on CNN International, BBC One, BBC World, BBC Radio and SKY News. He has also co-authored three books with his wife, The Circuit, The Infidel and The Good Jihadist. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments.
The most solemn point of the post parade ceremony will be an Honor Salute, the reading of the names of the 87 residents of Pelham who were killed in America's wars from the Spanish American War to the wars continuing today in Afghanistan and Iraq and the playing of Taps.
Pelham Post 50 is asking any group who wishes to march to contact parade coordinator Joe Durnin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to 914-882-1425. The Post is also cordially inviting anyone who served in the military or is serving today to join them in marching.