Grand marshal named for Memorial Day in city

Edward Long Jr. is this year’s Dunkirk Memorial Day grand marshal.

Dunkirk resident and Korean War veteran Edward W. Long Jr. has been named grand marshal of this year’s city Memorial Day services and parade.

Long, who served in the 159th Field Artillery with the U.S. Army, was stationed in Korea for 11 months from in 1951 and 1952. He will be honored at the city services at Memorial Park at 10 a.m. as well as the city parade that begins at 11 a.m.

After his service to the United States, Long worked for 40 years as an electrician. He was married for 50 years to his wife, Daleen, who died in 2003. He has five children, 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He is known as an accomplished local pinochle player and is a major Buffalo Bills’ fan.

Long will be presented with a certificate by Jack Hood of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council during the 53rd annual service conducted by the organization. The master of ceremonies will be John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher.

Speakers at the ceremony will be George Burns III, commander, U.S. Coast Guard (retired), Lt. Christopher Wilson, U.S. Coast Guard Sea Partners Campaign and SFC Frank Torain, U.S. Army (retired). Tonia Piede will sing the national anthem.

In case of inclement weather, the services will be in the John T. Murray VFW Post 1017 at 111-113 Deer St., Dunkirk.

“From everyone on the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, please have a safe and enjoyable 2019 Memorial Day,” said Jack Sievert, commander. “God bless our veterans and this great country of ours.”

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