Year in Review
Only days after our march in the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day parade, the 67th NY, First Long Island underwent a major change when our Captain, who commanded since our inception, retired, and moved to Texas. We had a grand ceremony and sendoff at our March meeting with many a guest in attendance and the Captain’s bars were handed over to our new commander, Tom Demaria. April held a pair of historical moments when we witnessed the reinstallation of a repaired Civil War memorial for which we raised funds and we returned to Plymouth Church where we finally had the chance to unfold and record our original flags that had been stored away for over a century. The Bayside Historical Society in Queens invited us to a Memorial Day ceremony at a monument dedicated to Captain Dermody of the original 67th NY and then in September to Fort Totten where we performed for hundreds of Queens locals. In June, we participated in a Timeline at the Grange celebrating the 335th anniversary of the Town of Islip. And we had our 11th Annual Civil War Weekend in September under clear skies once again. We attended two 155th anniversaries this year with a small contingent traveling to New Market in May and a far larger showing at Cedar Creek in October. We closed the season with Remembrance Day and Christmas at St. John’s Episcopal Church.