Memorial Weekend Sunday Church Services
Veterans and their families from the Webster-Dudley area are cordially invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be said at Saint Louis Church, Webster, MA on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Veterans, Auxiliaries, and their color bearers are requested to assemble in the church parking lot, at 10:30 AM. At 10:55, Veterans will assemble in columns of twos and march across the street to the entrance of St. Louis Church where they will be met by a parishioner who will escort them to assigned pews
Upon the conclusion of the Mass, all Veterans will proceed in a procession of cars to Holy Trinity Cemetery to render Memorial Day weekend honors.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Veterans’ organizations, with their colors are requested to assemble at the Veterans Home on Veterans Way at 6:45 AM on Monday, 28 May 2012. They will be bussed to Dudley Hill to take part in the traditional Memorial Day programs in Dudley and Webster.
Other organizations, bands, and marching units are asked to assemble near Zmetra’s Memorials, at the intersection of Route 12 and Worcester Road in Webster, at 10:30 AM, where members of the Parade Marshalls will be on hand to coordinate the “Order of March” of all units.
The units comprising the 2012 Memorial Day Parade will step off at 11:00 AM. The parade will end at the Webster Town Hall where a program will take place ending the morning’s Memorial Day activities.
GRAND MARSHALL of the 2012 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
JAMES P BRINKER
Jim entered the US Army on a Regular Army enlistment. After Basic and Advanced Infantry training he studied Infantry Operations and Intelligence at the Infantry School Ft. Benning, Ga. The training was mostly for working in a map room and pushing papers, however the last word in his army job description was “reconnaissance”.
He arrived in Vietnam in December 1969 and was sent to the Reconnaissance Platoon of the Strike Force 2-502 Infantry BN, 101st Airborne Division. The First Sergeant told him that he was going into a great unit, and not to worry as they had only lost one man in the last 18 months and that was due to drowning.
He spent nine months in combat in the jungle covered mountains west of Hue. During this time 8 Recon Platoon comrades and a company commander were killed in action.
In 1970 while the Cambodian Invasion, Kent State tragedy, and subsequent campus unrest was going on his battalion lost 30 men killed in action. Five were from the Recon platoon and many were from his comrades in Alpha Company with whom Recon was often attached. None of the battles for hills 714 and 882 were reported on by press back in the USA. During this time Jim was awarded a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 4 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and an Army Commendation Medal while involved to close jungle combat. Sometimes this was within touching distance of the enemy. His life was once saved by a German shepherd scout dog taking the full blast of a grenade.
The hardest part of this month was watching several comrades bravely die a slow death because the medevac helicopters could not get them out because of the pea soup thick fog.
He is most proud of the men he served with and how they looked out for each other in close combat with regular North Vietnamese army troops. His two Air-Medals were earned by being in 25 combat assault insertions and a hot landing zone attest to the novel “Airmobile” type of warfare that he was involved in. This type of warfare was the basis of what became “Air Assault” which is used today by the US Military.
Thirty years after his coming home he finally became involved in veterans organizations both locally and with his comrades from the Strike Force. He is past commander of the Webster-Dudley Veterans Council and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (past commander), Disabled American Veterans (present commander), American Legion, and an associate in Polish American Veterans.
Jim is blessed with his lovely wife of 40 years JoAnn, three adult sons, and five super-great grandchildren.
TO: All Organization Commanders:
It has been said that one can determine how far a civilization has progressed by noting how it cares for its dead. Soon, another Memorial Day will be upon us and with it, an opportunity and, indeed, an obligation for us as proud Americans to honor our dead, especially our deceased comrades who proudly wore the uniform of our Country.
This year, on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 11:00 AM, the day preceding the Memorial Day Parade, a Memorial Mass will be said at Saint Louis Church, Dudley. Rev. Joseph Marcotte, Pastor of Saint Louis Church, has invited members of veterans’ organizations, auxiliaries and their families to join with him and his parishioners in memorializing our Comrades who have been called to the High Command.
You and your family are cordially invited to worship with us at this Mass. Organizations are requested to bring their colors and to assemble in the church parking lot at 10:30 AM. From there, we will form up and march into the church.
conclusion of this Mass, all veterans will proceed in a procession of cars to
Al Beland, Commander
Webster-Dudley Veterans Council
You or the members of your organization are cordially invited to participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade, which will be conducted in the Webster-Dudley area on Monday, May 28, 2012.
All veterans and their color bearers are requested to
assemble at the Veterans Home on
Other organizations, bands, and marching units are asked to
assemble near Zmetra’s Memorials, at the intersection of Route 12 and
Please remember that Memorial Day is NOT a time for celebration, but rather, a solemn day of commemoration; a day set aside to honor the memory of our dead, especially our service men and women who paid the Supreme Sacrifice defending the freedoms that we all enjoy. All parade participants, whether marching or riding on floats, etc., are, therefore, requested to give this very special day the RESPECT and DIGNITY which it so rightfully deserves.
WHETHER RIDING IN VEHICLES OR MARCHING PLEASE DO NOT THROW CANDY, ETC TO ONLOOKERS; THIS PRACTICE IS NOT ONLY UNDIGNIFIED IT IS DANGEROUS!
Thank you for your cooperation.
MEMORIAL DAY EXERCISES
LOCATION CHAPLAINS WREATH PLACERS/ESCORT
Noon May 27, 2012
Trinity Cemetery---------------------------------------Nick Mochnacz / Norm Deptula
Polish Army Ally US ARMY KOREA
MAY 28, 2012
CORBIN CEMETERY-------Rev. John White-----------------Al Beland / Gene Ethier US Air Force US Army Vietnam
VILLAGE CEMETERY-----Rev. John White-------------------------Lee Alton / James Dunne
US Army Vietnam Era US Army Vietnam
TOWN COMMON-----Rev. John White
Civil War Memorial---Dudley Selectmen / Chief Steven Wojnar
Revolutionary War ---Paul Lobo / Paul Brodeur
US Air Force USMC
WW I MEMORIAL-----------------------------------------------John Wojick / Ray Bembenek
US Army Vietnam Era US Army
WW II MEMORIAL------------------Joe LaPlante / Anthony Jakubowski / Don Baker US Army World War II / US Navy World War II / US Army World War II
KOREA / VIETNAM MEMORIAL-----------------------Don Wayman / James Kwasniewski US Navy Korea US Army Vietnam
ALL WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL, Men & Women----George Bibeau / Al Beland
US Coast Guard WW2 US Air Force Vietnam Era
CALVARY CEMETERY--Rev. Joseph Marcotte
John Silvestri / Robert Mailloux
USMC Korea US Navy CB Vietnam
VFW BRIDGE------Robert Marshalkowski ---------Robert Guenther / Donald Wayman
US Navy Korea / US Navy Korea Joseph Sendrowski
US Navy Vietnam Era
ST. JOSEPH GARDEN OF PEACE-----------------Rev.Msgr. Anthony Czarnecki
Steven Penkala / Loretta Champdelaine
US Air Force & Cmd. PAV / PAV Aux President
Joe Laplante / Bob Guenther US Army WW2 / US Navy Korea
Andrew Kozlowski/ Victor Jankowski
US Air Force Vietnam Era / US Amy Vietnam era
US Army Vietnam / US Navy Vietnam
Chaplain Norm Deptula
GOLD STAR MOTHERS----------------Debra Bender / Loretta Champdelaine/ Robert Guenther President of A L Post 184 Aux & PAV Aux Vice Pres. / US Navy Korea
KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL ---------- Norman Deptula / Paul Brodeur
US Army Korean War / US Marine Corp
VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL---------- James Kwasniewski / Gene Ethier
US Army Vietnam War / US Army Vietnam War
WORLD WAR II STATUE--------------- Andrew Kozlowski / Ken Kudzal
US Air Force / US Navy Vietnam
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL----------) George Bibeau / Robert Mailloux
US Coast Guard WW2 / US Navy CB Vietnam
PURPLE HEART MEMORIAL--------- Joe Laplante / John Silvestri
US Army WW2 / US Marine Korea War
CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL ------------- Webster Board of Selectmen / David D’Allesandro
US Army Korea
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
MAY 28, 2012
ORDER OF MARCH
WEBSTER POLICE CAR
NATIONAL COLORS AND COLOR GUARDS
GRAND MARSHALL –James Brinker
COLORS OF ALL VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN LEGION #184 AND AUXILIARY
VFW POST #654
DAV CHAPTER #53
W/D POLISH- AMERICAN VETERANS AND AUXILIARY
VETERANS RIDING IN CARS
SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
PULASKI BRASS BAND
COMMANDER VETERANS COUNCIL- Al Beland
VETERANS RIDING IN VEHICLES
OF WEBSTER AND
SELECTMEN IN VEHICLES
WEBSTER LODGE OF MASONS
WEBSTER KNIGHTS OF
STS CONSTANTINE &
ASSEMBLY OF GOD/ROYAL RANGERS AND MISSIONETTES
ATTENTION ALL GROUP LEADERS: THE
ORDER OF MARCH HAS BEEN CAREFULLY PLANNED BY THE PARADE COORDINATORS; PLEASE ADHERE TO IT. IF YOU
REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, CONTACT ONE OF THE PARADE
BOY SCOUTS OF
BOY SCOUTS OF WEBSTER
CUB SCOUTS OF
CUB SCOUTS OF WEBSTER
BROWNIES OF WEBSTER
GIRL SCOUTS OF
GIRL SCOUTS OF WEBSTER
WEBSTER-DUDLEY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
DUDLEY POLICE AND
FUNDAMENTALS OF WEBSTER
WEBSTER SPECIAL EDUCATION-PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
SHEPHERD HILL HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND CHEERLEADERS
LANESSA EXTENDED CARE
WEBSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
WEBSTER RESCUE SQUAD
PARADE MARSHALLS Victor Jankowski Jamie Sinkis
Mary Jankowski Alex Hubert
NORM DEPTULA ROBERT MARSHALKOWSKI
Upon completion of the Memorial Day honors at St Anthony Cemetery, all participants are requested to assemble on the road adjacent to the cemetery.
At that time, ALL units must be aware of the fact that the parade will begin momentarily.
At EXACTLY 11:00 A.M., the ENTIRE parade will step off.
All units that are behind the Veterans’ contingent are, especially, reminded to begin moving as soon as the units to their front have begun marching so as to avoid the possibility of large, improper and unseemly gaps appearing in the order of march.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
MAY 28, 2012
0645 VETERANS HOME 0715
0945 VFW BRIDGE 0950
0955 ST. JOSEPH GARDEN OF PEACE 1010
THE PARADE WILL FORM NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO ST. ANTHONY CEMETERY IN WEBSTER AND WILL PROCEED TO WEBSTER TOWN HALL PLAZA FOR EXERCISES AT THE VETERANS COURT OF HONOR