May 25 at 9:55 a.m. the bugle rang out in Call Assembly at Camp Shanks
Memorial Park in Orangeburg, NY. Thankfully, those of us gathered to
honor our service men and women were given a reprieve from the rain.
Although the sun didn't shine, the clouds couldn't dampen our spirits.
park honors many who served in the armed forces, but my connection lies
with the walkway called "Victory Road", dedicated to the WWII
Rangers of the 2nd Bn. So far, 32 bricks of honor have been laid on this
walkway with room for more.
were various politicians speaking, from a Congressman and NY Senator, to
county legislators and the local chief of police. The keynote speaker
for me was Captain Sidney Salomon of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, B and C
companies. Ranger Salomon endeared himself to the crowd with his brief
overview of the 2nd Ranger Battalion during WWII.
Korean Veterans Eagle Squadron Rifle Team (seen below) was on hand for
the final salute after which time the bugler played "Taps".
The Quartermaster then raised the colors to full mast.
Rankin Fulmer, Daughter of
Ranger Richard Rankin, 2/A
Ranger history at Camp Shanks