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Central Park Ceremony

307th Infantry Regiment,
77th Infantry Division Central Park Memorial Ceremony

see also the 307th Inf Rgt Central Park Memorial page under "Memorials"

Commemoration Ceremony

307th Infantry Regiment Memorial Grove

Central Park, New York

On 6 June 2015, the 77th Infantry Division Reserve Officers Association, in conjunction with the 307th Infantry Veterans Society, held their annual memorial service in the 307th Infantry Regiment Memorial Grove, in Central Park.  Although a light rain fell during the preparations, it ended shortly before the service began.

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The ceremony honored all service members who have lost their lives defending our country, with particular emphasis on Soldiers of the 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, who died during World War I and World War II.  An additional theme this year was the special remembrance of the 307th and other 77th Soldiers who died during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, 70 years ago this year.

Click here to view the Program for the 2015 memorial service.

The names of the 307th Soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during World War I are inscribed on bronze plaques on the boulder monument and individual company pedestals located in the Grove.  All of these company plaques originally were next to memorial trees planted beginning in 1920, but most of those company trees have since perished, although others still grace the Grove.  Three of the company plaques which had been stolen by vandals a number of years ago were replaced by the 307th IVS in 2012.

Click here to view a history of the 307th Memorial Grove.

The memorial service on 6 June was introduced and led by Colonel Louis H. Sudholz, Jr. (Ret), President of the 77th Infantry Division ROA.

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The Invocation, Prayer and Benediction were offered by Chaplain (1st Lieutenant) Andrew Scheer, USAR, Chaplain, 354th Transportation Battalion, 77th Sustainment Brigade.

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The first guest speaker was Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton (Ret), Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs.  Her remarks emphasized the importance of supporting veterans and remembering those who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country.

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The keynote speaker was Major General William Terpeluk (Ret), Former Commander, 77th Regional Readiness Command.  His remarks recalled the history of the 77th Infantry Division and the Battle of Okinawa.  MG Terpeluk is also a Director of the 77th IDROA.

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The second guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Edward W. Twaddell, III, USA, Commander, 1st Battalion, 307th Regiment.  His remarks centered on the current mission of his command, which has inherited the lineage of the 307th Infantry Regiment.

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Remarks about the history of the 307th in both World Wars were delivered by Colonel Edwin G. Logan (Ret), who is President of the 307th IVS and a Director of the 77th IDROA.

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COL Logan also introduced the placing of the memorial wreath by Colonel Lawrence M. Bellman (Ret) and Battalion Command Sergeant Major Timothy J. Jackson, 1st Battalion, 307th Regiment.  COL Bellman is also a Director of the 77th IDROA.

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Supporting the ceremony throughout were members of the 1st Battalion, 307th Regiment Color Guard, and the 319th U.S. Army Band, led by SFC Patricia Flowers.

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Also attending the ceremony were: Mrs. Laura Twaddell; Mrs. Pam Wawrzyniak (representing Colonel Michael E. Wawrzyniak, Commander, 174th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East); Colonel Ivan Cornielle; and Mr. Malcolm R. Schade.  COL Cornielle and Mr. Schade are Directors of the 77th IDROA.

Click here to see a complete Photo Album of this event.