Stanley H. Clark, U.S. Army veteran of both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, has been named Grand Marshall of the Penn Yan Memorial Day parade May 29, according to parade chairman Andy Swarthout. Clark served with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea in 1952, followed by four tours of duty in Vietnam from 1965 to 1971. Among the many medals he received was the Bronze Star. Following his retirement in 1972 at the rank of Sgt. First Class, he was head of the Yates County Veterans Service Agency for 20 years, retiring in 1994. An active member of Johnson-Costello Post #355, American Legion, he has held many offices, including Post, Yates County and 7th District Commander.
Clark is the only Legionnaire in the history of Yates County to be elected Department of New York American Legion Commander, a post he held in 2005-06. He was awarded the highest honor a Legion Post can bestow, that of Honorary Life Member, by the Johnson-Costello Post in 1994. Clark is the only Yates County person to serve as New York’s representative on the National Executive Committee.
The Rev. John Busch will be the featured speaker in the Courthouse park following the parade. Busch is a U.S. Army Veteran who served from 1968 to 1971 as a military policeman assigned to the Executive Flight Detachment, the Army’s unit in charge of Presidential helicopters. Busch is the pastor of the Lake Keuka Community Baptist Church. A member of the Johnson-Costello Post #355, American Legion, Busch serves at Chaplain of both the post and the Yates County American Legion.
W. Patrick Falvey, who served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Falvey recently retired after serving many years as Yates County Judge and Acting New York Supreme Court Justice. An active member of Post #355, he has served as Post Commander and held positions at the post, county, district, and department levels.
The parade will line up at 9:30 a.m. on East Main Street and will step off at 10 a.m. heading north on Main Street to the Courthouse park at the corner of Main and Court Streets. The ceremonies will conclude with a gun salute by the VFW/Legion Color Guard and the playing of Taps. The event is sponsored by the Penn Yan Post #745, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Johnson-Costello Post #355, American Legion.
All Veterans are invited to participate in the parade and ceremonies. Rides will be provided for any Veterans unable to walk the parade route. Other community groups, including Boy and Girl Scouts, sports teams, and others are also invited to participate. Please contact Andy Swarthout to indicate your group’s intention to join the parade by calling him at 315-595-6130.
For information about observances in Vine Valley May 27 and Torrey and Rushville May 29, turn to page 13.