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TVHS Members Host Private Memorial Day Service

By Beverly Tyler, TVHS Historian

Jay Veronko, Rita Newman and Art Billadello

Members of the Three Village Historical Society Beverly and Barbara Tyler and Arthur Billadello held a brief memorial service at the Setauket Village Green on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. to honor those who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms.

Englebright, Hahn and Cartright presenting a wreath

Following an opening prayer by VFW Post Commander Jay Veronko, memorial wreaths were presented by New York State Assemblyman Steven Englebright, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, and Anna Smith Strong Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Rita Newman and member Mary Pinnata. Three Village Historical Society Historian Beverly Tyler read the names of the men memorialized on the plaques on the rock on the Setauket Village Green who gave their lives during World War I, World War II and Vietnam, They are:

  • Harry Golden (and) Raymond Wishart - World War I

  • Clifford J. Darling, Henry P. Eichacker, Francis S. Hawkins, David Douglas Hunter, Orlando P. Lyons, Anthony R. Matusky, Edward A. Pfeiffer, (and) William E. Weston - World War II

  • Chris Fredrick Brunn - Vietnam

Bev Tyler reading the names of the honored

This week American flags were placed at the graves of the Revolutionary War men and woman who as soldiers and spies risked their lives to establish our nation; The names of these Patriots, buried in eight graveyards and cemeteries throughout the Three Village area were also read.

  • Elijah Bayles, David Cleaves, Benjamin Hawkins, Elnathan Satterly, John Satterly, Samuel Satterly, Jedediah Williamson, Abraham Woodhull, (and) Nathan Woodhull - Setauket Presbyterian Church Graveyard

  • Israel Bennett, Robert Jayne, Samuel Jayne, Benjamin Jones, Vincent Jones, (and) Samuel Longbothum - Caroline Church of Brookhaven Graveyard

  • Anna Smith Strong, (and) Selah Strong - Smith-Strong Family Cemetery

  • Joseph Wells, (and) John Williamson - Obediah Davis Family Cemetery

  • Joseph Brewster - Brewster Family Cemetery

  • Jonathan Thompson, (and) Samuel Thompson - Thompson Family Cemetery

  • Isaac Hawkins, (and) Arthur Smith - Smith Family Cemetery

  • Alexander Hawkins, Alexander Hawkins, Jr., Isaac Hawkins, Jacob Hawkins, Simeon Hawkins, (and) Zopher Hawkins - Hawkins Family Graveyard - Nassakeag

Following the reading of names, Bethel A.M.E. Pastor the Reverend Gregory Leonard gave the benediction.

Reverend Greg Leonard


  1. Selah and Nancy Strong, Revolutionary War, Smith-Strong Cemetery, Strong's Neck

  2. Jonathan Thompson, Revolutionary War, Thompson Family Cemetery, Setauket

  3. Francis Hawkins, World War II, buried Caroline Church Graveyard, Setauket

  4. John Williamson, Revolutionary War, Obediah Davis Family Cemetery, Stony Brook

  5. Bev marking the grave of Isaac Hawkins in the Smith Family Cemetery, Main Street, Setauket

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