By Beverly Tyler, TVHS Historian
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.
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
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.
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Selah and Nancy Strong, Revolutionary War, Smith-Strong Cemetery, Strong's Neck
Jonathan Thompson, Revolutionary War, Thompson Family Cemetery, Setauket
Francis Hawkins, World War II, buried Caroline Church Graveyard, Setauket
John Williamson, Revolutionary War, Obediah Davis Family Cemetery, Stony Brook
Bev marking the grave of Isaac Hawkins in the Smith Family Cemetery, Main Street, Setauket