Jay Heritage Center Remembers Past Memorial Days

This Memorial Day, we miss our fallen heroes. Like you, all of us at the Jay Heritage Center are also missing gathering with our friends and neighbors to honor those who made sacrifices for us. While we are more distant from each other than we like, with patience and perseverance, we can rise up even stronger.

In the meantime, let’s look back at the past decade. We are proud to have been part of flag and wreath laying ceremonies. In past years, young and old assembled on Rye’s Town Green, at Rye‘s African American Cemetery and more recently, at the historic Jay Cemetery. Starting in 2014, Jay Heritage Center’s horse drawn carriage became a huge family attraction in the annual Memorial parade. Robin Latimer and Rye’s American Legion Post 128 restarted this procession in 2014. It was an instant hit!

So let’s not forget the past but instead take solace in our memories of being a resilient community. Enjoy photos from the last few years below. And for a history of Rye’s own observances of Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was once called, watch this video courtesy of Rye TV.

Memorial Day 2012 Observation.
 Samuel Bell of the 54th Regiment  is buried with his family at Rye’s African American Cemetery.
Jay Heritage Center Memorial Day 2013 Observation
JHC President Suzanne Clary  and the late John Carolin of Rye’s American Legion Post 128 deliver comments.
Jay Heritage Center Memorial Day 2014 Observation
The Pye and Thigpen families organized a horse drawn carriage for the parade.
Jay Heritage Center Memorial Day 2015 Observation
New York State added the Jay Estate its Path Through History. We hung a new banner on our carriage!
Memorial Day 2016 Observation
Veterans laid flags at Greenwood Union Cemetery.
Jay descendants opened the cemetery to the public 
The JHC carriage rides down Purchase Streets
The JHC carriage rides down Purchase Streets.
Our carriage makes it all the way to the Town Green
Veterans placed flags and wreaths