Members of the Quogue community gathered outside of the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue on Monday to commemorate fallen service members from the community.
“Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer, but it should be so much more than that,” Mayor Peter Sartorius said to the dozens that gathered Monday morning.
Members of the fire department placed carnations and roses in front of the memorial, followed by veterans and community members who were present.
Steve Alpert of Quogue helped organize this year’s event. Recently, he worked with Hampton Bays veteran Paul Dargen to recreate a photo Mr. Dargen took at the battle of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. During the battle, 19 of Mr. Dargen’s unit died. The painting will be entered into the National Museum of the United States Marine Corps next month. Local poet Susan Dingle was inspired by the painting, and read her work at the memorial service.
“Nineteen names, 19 helmets on 19 rifles before three flags streaming to the side,” she read, describing the scene. “They lived together with those they grieved.”
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