Purple Heart Flagpole to be Dedicated to Killed Marine Cpl Tremblay June 7 in Newburgh - Daily Hudson Valley News

Purple Heart Flagpole to be Dedicated to Killed Marine Cpl Tremblay June 7 in Newburgh

Jun 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Lead Article

Senator Larkin and U.S. Marine Color Guard will preside over Dedication of Purple Heart Flagpole to Cpl. Joey Tremblay on June 7.

On Thursday, June 7, at 5 pm at the Newburgh Rowing Club, Senator William Larkin, together with the U.S. Marine Corp. Color Guard, will preside over the dedication of the new, oversized Purple Heart Flagpole to former rower USMC Cpl.  Joseph Tremblay.

Cpl. Tremblay rowed for the Newburgh Rowing Club and the NFA Crew Team from 7th to 12th grade, excelling in the sport of crew.  He joined the Marine Corp. and received his first Purple Heart after being wounded in battle.  After completing his service he joined the US Marine Corp. Reserves and volunteered for what has become known as the “surge”.  Before returning to Iraq for the last time, Joey brought several fellow marines down to build the south and final wall of the Newburgh Rowing Club Boathouse at 2 River Street in the City of Newburgh.

Shortly thereafter, on 27 April 2005, Cpl. Tremblay will killed in Iraq by an I.E.D. and was awarded a second Purple Heart posthumously.

The Newburgh Rowing Club has established a scholarship in Joey’s name and has built  a large flagpole, bearing an 8 x 12 US flag, which can be seen from the Bridge, at its Boathouse on the Hudson River.

The Program for the Dedication of the Cpl. Joseph Tremblay Memorial Flagpole at the Newburgh Rowing Club on June 7 begins at 5 pm. Coach Ed Kennedy will recall Joey as a rower.  Ian Berkowitz, Commander of the local American Legion, will recount Cpl. Tremblay’s military service. the Rev. William Scafidi (“Father Bill”) will provide the invocation. Senator William Larkin will dedicate the Flagpole, and the U.S. Marine Color Guard will present the flag in a special ceremony.

The Cpl. Tremblay crew shell will also be officially dedicated by Senator Larkin.

This is a free event, open to the public.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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