Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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May 28th, 2021

Memorial Day 2021: A Time to Remember and Reflect

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Barbequing and gathering with family and friends are starting up again as Covid19 restrictions are being eased.

But – this year is still different. People are urged to get vaccinated and wear masks if not yet vaccinated. Please we all need to work together to end this pandemic. The Sullivan County COVID-19 Task Force is there to assist anyone in need of vaccine. They can be reached at (845) 807-0653.  

Many tend to forget that Memorial Day is a time for remembrance of those who have died in our nation’s service. With all the military operations currently ongoing throughout the world, please take a moment to remember those who were killed in defending the freedom we often take for granted.

Unfortunately, traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. To help re-educate and remind us of the true meaning of the day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed by Congress in December 2000. 

The resolution asks that at 3 PM on Monday, we “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a “Moment of Silence.”

In Sullivan County many noteworthy events will take place to salute those who have lost their lives in the line of combat. But, like everything else – This year is different.

Sullivan County Memorial Day 2021

The impacts of coronavirus will greatly limit – but not totally eliminate – Memorial Day services in Sullivan County.

Sunday, May 30th

Mamakating: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm – Edward M. Maier Memorial VFW Post 4947 will hold a Memorial Day Service at their Post at 7:30 am followed by services at the following: 9:00 am Poplar Grove Cemetery, 10:00 am  Monument at the Phillipsport Community Center, and 12:00 Pine Hill Cemetery.

Tusten-Highland-Lumberland:  The Tusten-Highland-Lumberland VFW Post 6427 will have cemetery ceremonies to honor our deceased Veterans: 11:00 am – Lava Cemetery, 11:30 am – St. Francis Cemetery, 12:00 pm – Glen Cove Cemetery and 2:00 pm –Ceremony at the Old Tusten Church, Town of Tusten.

Monday, May 31st

Bethel:  11: 00 am – The Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post 5499 will hold a small service commemorating Memorial Day & the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Veterans Park across the street from the Kauneonga Lake Fire House. Please follow current social distancing guidelines.  

Barryville:  9:20 am Sylvan Liebla American Legion Post 1363 will conduct a Memorial Service at the Barryville Cemetery, Mail Road.

County Service:  Liberty:  1:00 pm The Veterans Service Agency will hold an abbreviated Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Road, Liberty.  Master of Ceremonies is John Crotty.

Eldred:  9:00 am Sylvan Liebla American Legion Post 1363 will conduct a Memorial Service at the Eldred Cemetery.

Fremont Center: 9:30 a.m. veterans service, 10 a.m. parade down County Route 94.

Liberty: 10:00 am – The Town of Liberty will be having a Ceremony of Remembrance at the Liberty Cemetery on Cold Spring Road. Key speaker is John Liddle. There will not be a parade this year.  

Livingston Manor:  10:00 am – The Livingston Manor Fire Department will be holding a Memorial Day Parade.

Mamakating:  9:00 am – The Edward M. Maier Memorial VFW Post 4947 will hold a Dedication and Service at the Summitville Fire House and Monument. They will have a Memorial Day Service at 10:00 am at the Bloomingburg Cemetery, followed by the Wurtsboro Parade, Lineup at 12:30 pm, Step off is at 1:00 pm which is hosted by the American Legion Post 1266.

Neversink:  11:00 am – Flag Ceremony and Flag Exchange at the Flag Pole at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.  Edgar Allison’s Flag will go up.

Roscoe: 10 a.m. – parade, service following in front of the Roscoe Firehouse.

Tusten-Highland-Lumberland:  1:00 pm  Tusten-Highland-Lumberland VFW Post 6427 and Sylvan Liebla American Legion Post 1363 will be holding joint Memorial Day Services at Heroes Park, corner of Route 55 and Proctor Road, in Eldred.

Wurtsboro: 1:00 pm – American Legion Post 1266 will host a Memorial Day Parade, highlighting the NY State Police Piper Band, will begin on Pine Street. The Parade will then head up to Route 209, left onto Sullivan Street, and conclude at the American Legion Post 1266, 92 Pine Street. A Memorial Service will be held at the Veterans Park located on the corner of Sullivan Street & 3rd Street in Wurtsboro, at the conclusion of the parade.

Purchase a Poppy

Purchasing a Red Poppy from a Veterans organization during Memorial Day weekend has become a tradition.

The Poppy as many are unaware, became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, “In Flander’s Field,” describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

For more than 75 years, the Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of the welfare and the wellbeing of the dependents of our fallen heroes.

God Bless the souls of those who have lost their lives for us.

Please Get Vaccinated if you have not done so already.

Stay Safe!

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion in the “MOUTH THAT ROARS” Column in the Sullivan County Post


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