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Rye Honors African-American Vets In Veterans Day Ceremony

Arthur Taylor, a Korean War veteran, speaks at a Veterans Day ceremony at the African-American Cemetery in Rye.
Arthur Taylor, a Korean War veteran, speaks at a Veterans Day ceremony at the African-American Cemetery in Rye. Photo Credit: Joan Grangenois-Thomas

RYE, N.Y. — Rye citizens took time to honor and remember black military veterans on Saturday, Nov. 12, with a Veterans Day ceremony at the African-American Cemetery in Rye.

Korean War veteran and Hartsdale resident Art Taylor spoke about the non-profit organization Honor Flight Network, whose mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of fellow veterans.

The trips are free of charge for veterans and after taking the trip in 2015, Taylor said he has made it his mission to let as many veterans know about the program whenever he gets the chance.

For more information about Honor Flight Network, visit www.honorflight.org .

David Thomas of Friends of the African-American Cemetery also was on hand to talk about the nonprofit formed to promote and maintain the site and raise funds to continue doing research and restoration.

In addition, Thomas distributed brief histories on Eugene Rogers and Raymond C. Potter, both veterans of World War I and are buried in the African-American Cemetery.

For more information about the African-American Cemetery at Greenwood Union Cemetery, call David Thomas at 914-886-5710 or email afamcemetery@gmail.com .

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