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This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Dedication Ceremony for Kemper Memorial Park.

Following the death of his son, Lt. Richard Kemper during the Normandy Campaign in France, Adolph Kemper purchased the land and financed the construction to create Kemper Memorial Park and the Monument honoring his son and the other residents of the Mamaroneck and Larchmont communities who perished in World War II.  The Park was then bequeathed to the Mamaroneck School District to remain, in perpetuity, as a memorial to the sacrifices made by those individuals to preserve our freedom. 

Our community has seen many changes during the seventy-five years that have passed since the May 25,1947 dedication ceremony, but what remains steadfast is our promise to honor the memory of the members of that past generation who sacrificed so much for us.  To reinforce that commitment, we invite you to attend The Kemper Memorial Park Rededication Ceremony on May 25 at 3:15 p.m.  At that time, you will hear the donorís original wish for the Parkís future and The Mamaroneck School Districtís vow to honor it.  Additionally,  you will see the results of the collaboration between the School District and the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund to beautify and enhance the Park for school and community use. 

The Rededication Ceremony will be held in Kemper Memorial Park, weather permitting, and moved indoors to the Mamaroneck High School Auditorium if necessary.  We hope you can join us!

 



 


 

      May     
       
Name Place of Death Date of Death Status Place of Burial
Richard J. Shea Fort Hughes, Caballo Island, Philippines Wednesday, May 6, 1942 Killed by bomb splinter Tablets of the Missing, Manila Amer Cem, Manila, Phili
Wilbur R. Buckingham Gustav Line near Mt. Cassino, Italy Friday, May 12, 1944 KIA  
John J. Marsella Anzio Beach, Italy Friday, May 26, 1944 KIA Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
John Joseph Sganga Off coast of Okinawa Friday, May 4, 1945   Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
Duncan McLaren Crane Okinawa Sunday, May 6, 1945 KIA  
Robert Edward Frye, Sr. Okinawa Wednesday, May 9, 1945 KIA National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Kenneth John Foster Okinawa Thursday, May 10, 1945 KIA  
Woodrow Wilson Johns Okinawa Saturday, May 12, 1945    
Sam Paonessa Davao, Mindanao, Philippines Wednesday, May 23, 1945 KIA  
Clark A. Neal Kawasaki, Japan Friday, May 25, 1945 M  
Thomas Sullivan Off coast of Okinawa Monday, May 28, 1945 KIA Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu

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CHARLES KEMPER,

THE BIRD MAN OF CHIPPEWA FALLS

By Paul Cantor

 

Dr. Charles Kemper, the Bird Man of Chippewa Falls and Richard Kemperís first cousin will be 103 on December 29, 2022.  Charles was a flight surgeon in the Pacific in World War II, a country doctor for 40 years after the war, an editor of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, president of the Inland Bird Banding Association, author of Birds of Chippewa Land and founder of the Kemper Woods wildlife preserve (https://gochippewacounty.com/listings/kempers-woods/). 

 

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Mamaroneck High School Veterans Day Ceremony
2021


Lawrence J. Thaul playing Taps by the Richard M. Kemper Memorial

Samantha Moore and Erin Jaeger manned the Clubmobile are sitting on bench dedicated to Anne Kathleen "Kay" Cullen


A miniature Clubmobile model


WWII Red Cross Clubmobiles and Kay Cullen

We recently received a digital book from a gentleman in Spain about the WWII Red Cross Clubmobiles. Kay Cullen, one of the Park's honorees, was serving on one when she was killed in a bomb explosion at the hospital in Belgium where she was staying. He also sent an image of a postcard her group sent the family of one of the soldiers.


Click to view the Virtual Meet & Greet

For the past few years, on Veteranís Day, the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund has sponsored a Meet and Greet Event between students and veterans at the Richard M. Kemper Park on the Mamaroneck High School campus. The students benefited tremendously from this event and we hope that the veterans enjoyed it as well. Due to Covid-19, we decided once again to hold the event virtually on our website.

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Mamaroneck High School Veterans Day Ceremony
2021


Lawrence J. Thaul playing Taps by the Richard M. Kemper Memorial

Samantha Moore and Erin Jaeger manned the Clubmobile are sitting on bench dedicated to Anne Kathleen "Kay" Cullen


A miniature Clubmobile model


WWII Red Cross Clubmobiles and Kay Cullen

We recently received a digital book from a gentleman in Spain about the WWII Red Cross Clubmobiles. Kay Cullen, one of the Park's honorees, was serving on one when she was killed in a bomb explosion at the hospital in Belgium where she was staying. He also sent an image of a postcard her group sent the family of one of the soldiers.


The History Channel's series, History's Greatest Mysteries called Expedition Bermuda Triangle
with Laurence Fishburne. Episode 1 of Season 2, has a whole segment
(about 47 minutes in the video)
about George Paonessa with photos of him and the telegram his family received after his death.



Stephen Colbert speaks about his uncle 1st Lt. Andrew Edward Tuck II
during a CNN interview on June 6, 2014

Learn more about Andrew Edward Tuck III by clicking his name in the
Profiles of Honorees area of our site



Following the Footsteps of My Father
A touching story about Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds experiences
during The Battle of the Bulge
 



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Medicine Under Canvas is a wonderful video depicting
how the medical units operated during WWII.  It includes
a brief segment about one of our honorees,
Anne Kathleen "Kay" Cullen.
Video made by Dan Ginivan and released by the
University of Kansas Medical Center.

Nurseries



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See our beautiful garden beds thanks to all the donations made by Larchmont Nurseries
and the loving care of Jeff Gibson and the MUFSD Grounds crew
Nurseries



Click here to view video and learn more about Flag Day!



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 See the Park in all it's Glory


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Video by Mark Schumer & Music played by Mat Schumer

 


 The Angels of Bataan: The World War II Nurses Who  
Survived Three Years in a Japanese Prison Camp

Original Post: May 12, 2019 by Katherine


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Photos by Mark and Jane Schumer

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Boy Scouts hold meeting at Kemper Memorial Park


Boy Scout Troop 2 hold their meeting at the Park
under the direction of Scout Leader John Sykes
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 Latest Information Regarding
the New Rochelle Naval Armory

The lawsuit filed in 2019 by local veterans against the city of New Rochelle and developer,
Twining Properties, has been dismissed by the State Supreme Court.
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Veterans History Project Interview with
Dr. Max Eagelfeld


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See Our New Plaques


Many thanks to Jeff and his crew, Inmar and Jose, who installed the beautiful plaques. 
A special thank you to Chris who crafted the stones for the plaques.


Farewell to a Dear Friend


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Signs of Spring at the Park


Flashback to Memorial Day 2016


Our Veterans' Stories 

Here is Jim Camera's second entry!


Intro to Passage of Solitude

Passage of Solitude


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A Snowy Day at the Park


Photo by Mark and Janie Schumer


See Our New Sign


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Our New Rock Garden

 


Newest Additions



Glorious brand new azalea bed that has been created in front of the "lunch" rock
on the West Side of the Memorial Park and along the fence are rhododendron. 
Jeff and his crew did a fabulous job with the generous donation from Larchmont Nurseries.


Outdoor Education!


Mamaroneck High School music teacher Tim Hooker finds the
Park a perfect place to hold his band classes

Photo by Mark & Jane Schumer


See the enhancements to the Scout Garden


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Photos/Video by Mark, Jane and Mat Schumer


Girl Scouts create homemade ornaments
honoring the 101 Heroes for tree decorating contest

Please click here to read more about this event and who was declared the winner!


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Press Release


Fall is coming!!!


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Memorial Park serves as a classroom!


A MHS reading class taking advantage of the beautiful Kemper Memorial Park grounds, on a wonderful sunny day.
They expressed their gratitude for the work done in the park and the maintenance of the gardens.


The Park is in full bloom!

Once again we extend a very special thank you to Jeff Gibson and his crew
for their TLC of the Park especially during their revised schedules and with these drought conditions


See our Timeline in the History area!

Click here for new information on war correspondent and USMC Staff Sgt. Solomon Israel Blechman. It was sent in a message to us by a Marine and author/historian Bryan Mark Rigg.


 

When you can't be at the Memorial Park,
please celebrate with us, virtually. 


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Spring is here!!!


Photos by Mark Schumer


The Park is in full bloom!

Once again we extend a very special thank you to Jeff Gibson and his crew
for their TLC of the Park especially during their revised schedules and with these drought conditions


When you can't be at the Memorial Park,
please celebrate with us, virtually. 


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Spring is here!!!


Photos by Mark Schumer


Getting Ready for Spring!!!


Our Lilac Bush was planted by Joanne Grossman


Photo taken by Mark Schumer

Special thanks to Jeff Gibson and his crew for all their hard work.


Hommocks' Students Annual Gathering with Our Veterans

 


Mamaroneck High School Veterans Day Ceremony 2019


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War Memorials at Mamaroneck High School


Produced by MHS Junior Anna Daum & Senior Amelia Bohn

 


Spring Has Finally Arrived At The Memorial Park 2019


Our Sign Is Up!

 

Annual Richard Kemper Memorial Contest 2019
Description



Click to view video of the Veteran's Day ceremony at Mamaroneck High School


 

Hommocks Students Celebrating Veterans Day
at Kemper Memorial Park 2018


1st graders from the Daniel Warren School in the Rye Neck School District, thank the veterans for their service.


Bill Fraser and his WWII Jeep

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The Kemper Memorial Garden Project


Click to view video of Erin Byron's 9th graders visiting the Kemper Memorial Garden


Tony Marsella

The Mamaroneck community has lost a great citizen and World War II veteran: Tony Marsella died on August 6th. He was a supporter of Kemper Memorial Park for many decades and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund.

Tony was arguably the human face of the fight to preserve the Richard M. Kemper Memorial Park, as his brother John perished in the War and is one of the 101 honorees on the memorial stone. Tony was able to spend time in the Park to grieve for his brother Pvt. John J. Marsella, US Army, who was killed in action on the Anzio beachhead in Italy on May 26, 1944. A graduate of Mamaroneck High School, John was only 21 when he died and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Tony's decades-long advocacy for the preservation of the Park was tremendously effective. May he rest in peace and may we who cared for him be comforted by fond memories of him.

Please click the In Memoriam tab for more information


An interview with Denise Sevean and Her World War II Memories


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Long time Larchmont resident Denise Sevean grew up in France in the 30s and 40s and was a small girl during World War II. She shared her memories of the Nazi Occupation and its effect on her family in this interview with Vicky Amon, Jan Northrup and Karen Bonaparte. 


Hommocks Students Celebrating Veterans Day 2017
at Kemper Memorial Park


 

Village of Mamaroneck Memorial Day Celebration
2017

Korea DMZ vet Ray Fiorentino and WWII vets Jack Coughlin, Joe Germano and Sheldon Evans salute the American flag.

 Bench Dedication Ceremony
July 4, 2017

Bench honoree Cal Schlick, Joanne Falinski, KMPPF President Jan
Northrup and VFW Post 1156 Commander Burt Corwin
Folks gather for the bench dedication ceremony on July 4, 2017

The Park's New Irrigation System


 Kemper Memorial Park Award Ceremony


Videos of Memorial Day 2017 Events
(Videos recorded by LMC-TV)






  Click here to read the May 2017 Newsletter    


 Norman Rockwell Returns to Mamaroneck High School
See the display of the original Saturday Evening Post magazines with
Norman Rockwell's work entitled Four Freedoms.
 



 
Click to watch the concert 



With the generosity of Larchmont Nurseries and the efforts of Jeff Gibson and his crew we now have an incredible shade garden among the White Pines.
 


MHS students enjoying the park


Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Robert Britto, his team of scouts, family, and friends for creating a beautiful garden on the southeast side of Kemper Park.

 


Memorial Day 2016



Fall at the Memorial
Photo by Mike Scully


Beautification 2015

Week Four


Week Three

(still photo)


Week Two


Week One
 


Memorial  Day Parade 2015


Clip from Saving Private Ryan



Sunday, November 17th at 3:30 p.m.
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Planting Flowers with the help of our Boy Scouts!
Photos by Mike Scully


Memorial  Day Parade 2013


Earth Day at the Park - Thank you Daisies!!
 


Hommocks 6th graders from Girl Scout Troop 2525 relax after working to clean up the flower beds surrounding the monument and flagpole at the Richard M. Kemper Park. Girl Scout Troop 2525 prepare the beds for the planting of flowers around the flagpole and monument at the Richard M. Kemper Park.


Left to right front: Jadalyn Ortiz, Darcy Tyler, Ruby Odierna
Left to right back: Ava Menachery, Mackenzie Coyne, Michaela Gualano, Corin Synder 


Ruby Odierna, Mackenzie Coyne, Jadalyn Ortiz and Darcy Tyler

Darcy Tyler, Jadalyn Ortiz of Girl Scout Troop 2525 and John Esposito from the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund clean up the flower beds surrounding the monument at the Richard M. Kemper Park for Earth Day. Darcy Tyler, Mackenzie Coyne, Ruby Odierna, Ava Menachery, Jadalyn Ortiz, Corin Synder, Michaela Gualano from Girl Scout Troop 2525 relax in front of the monument in the Richard M. Kemper Park at Mamaroneck High School. The girls are all 6th graders at Hommocks Middle School.


Actual footage

Spotlight on North Platte Canteen:

When the "Greatest Generation" passed through North Platte, Nebraska during WWII, they got a hug and a handshake, homemade cakes and cookies, and a moment of respite and prayer provided by thousands of volunteers from the surrounding communities.  Click the image below to see a video* about this event.

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This is an edited version of the video.  The original video
can be viewed on YouTube.  Click here to see it.

Click here to listen to Charles Ives' - He is there (1917)



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Veterans Day Ceremony
November 8, 2011

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Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2010
 

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 10, 2009

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Read more about it in the Press Releases area
 

 
Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2009
 
Wreaths Across America
December 11, 2008 Visit