Monday, February 24, 2014

Camp Shanks Museum, Orangeburg New York, Director: Tom Coffey, Video by Art Cooke.

This video was just released. Thank You Arthur Cooke. It is a tribute to all Our Veterans and those who passed through Camp Shanks. You are taken to the Camp Shanks Museum, Orangeburg, New York, to the Camp Shanks Memorial Park in Tappan, and to the Camp Shanks Memorial Monument at the Piermont Pier, Piermont, New York. You will find a familiar face at both the museum and the Piermont Pier Memorial. Do viewThank You .

Indeed GOD BLESS AMERICA... and to all those who have given of their lives to hold and preserve freedoms dear... love's blessings ever present.  Thank You dear Arthur Cooke for bringing added tribute to our veterans who have served. I am honored by your inclusion  of my dedication. 

And so these words shared anew:

In Acknowledgment of the 70th Anniversary of Camp Shanks Opening

To Honor Those Who Lived A Cause

Flowers and flags in devoted array
A loving tribute this Memorial Day
To honor those who lived a cause
This moment, this day, and so a pause
Hearts and souls in valor known
Right intention and devotion shown
Battlefields of victory and plight
Through all beheld freedom's light
Answered they did to liberty's plea
That freedom be held for a you, a me
Sons and daughters, husbands and wives
Children of purpose have given their lives
The breath of freedom an endowment divine
Bequeathed to life yours, life mine
With valor and sacrifice life they gave
And embraced the call yet to be brave
In memorial and reverence gather we
For held be the right that we live free
Memory of each life gone never to fade
Live we life's blessings for sacrifice made.

In loving gratitude to all who served and serve in faith ever new.
...lest we forget

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


  1. Lest we forget, we shall not.
    Thank you, Rose Marie

    1. A delight to post/share. Love and blessings ever present...