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MEMORIAL DAY 1299 "These ceremonies are important because they let families know that deceased veterans are not forgotten by their peers. ' LARRY PARSONS, PAST COMMANDER, VFW POST 478 Parades, picnics honor heroes BY SHARON EURO AND TODD McADAM Staff Writers I n early June 1 944, Americans knew two momentous events were about to occur: Allied soldiers were soon to land somewhere in France in the invasion planned for 2Vi years; and Rome would be re-taken from the Nazis. First Lt. Carl Pierson of Greene saw neither, though he made one of those successes possible. Monday, Memorial Day, was created with people like him in mind. On June 1, Pierson stuffed himself into the cockpit of his A-36 ground attack plane essentially a P-51 Mustang with special air brakes to allow dive-bombing. He had climbed into the cockpit for more than 80 combat missions since he arrived in Italy the previous December and was a flight leader. He took off on the crucial day in the Allied push on Rome. The U.S. 5th Army was flanking in one direction while the British 8th Army was pressing from the south. By the end of the day, the German lines would be shattered and the Allies would be within 13 miles of Rome, "now in plain sight," according to news reports that day. But Pierson never came home. That was the day he died. Fifth Army dispatches said the light and medium bombers played a pivotal role in breaking the last line of German defense. Monday is the day to remember Pierson and 1 ,171,188 other people killed in the 10 major conflicts the United States has been involved with in the past 223 years. The price America has had to pay for its freedom amounts to more than 14 lives a day. "When you go to war, you don't know if you're coming back," said the Rev. John Koopman of the American Legion's post in Greene. And it is for those people the ones who didn't come home that Memorial Day exists. In preparation, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts decorate veterans' graves with flags. American Legion Post 1254 placed 120 flags on 1 t : . j.J. . , ; 'r:::'P: 1) ; ' . ' ; GERRY RAYM0NDA Press & Sun-Bulletin Christopher Clinton of Ithaca roars like a lion while from noon to 5:30 p.m. daily through Labor Day. enjoying a ride on a shiny black carousel horse Rides are free. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to at the Ross Park Zoo. The carousel will operate 5 p.m. INSIDE Find out what to do and where to go on Monday. PAGE4A graves in St. Cyril's Cemetery on Riverside Drive and Glenwood Avenue Cemetery in Binghamton. "We also hold a ceremony at the First Ward Memorial Pool where we raise the flag, lay a wreath and shoot a 21-gun salute," said Jim Bailey, post commander. ; Besides marking graves in Bunn Hill Road Cemetery, Tracy Creek Cemetery, Vestal Hills Memorial Park, and Vestal Memorial Park with 2,500 flags, Vestal American Legion Post 89 will march in the Endicott Memorial Day parade, par ticipate in the Vestal Memorial Day ceremony and sponsor an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. "Marking the graves with flags is our biggest project," said Charlie Swan, past post commander. About 15 volunteers from the Veterans Outreach Center of the Southern Tier plan SEE MEMORIAL 4A

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  1. Press and Sun-Bulletin,
  2. 28 May 1999, Fri,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 1

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