A day to pause and remember

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

CASTILE – This community in Wyoming County last June rededicated a bronze statue of a doughboy, a memorial for soldiers from the Castile community who served in World War I. (I drove by this site on Sunday when coming back home from Letchworth State Park.)

The weather will cooperate for today’s Memorial Day holiday with temperatures reaching a high of 83. It will be partly sunny, according to the National Weather Service.

The statue in Castile was in need of refurbishing and was sent to Illinois for repairs before being rededicated last June 14 as part of a Flag Day ceremony. The statue is now 89 years old.

The statute was first erected in 1926. It was designed by sculptor Ernest M. Visquey.

Some Medina community members are working to have a bronze statue of a World War I solider placed atop the monument by the former Armory, which is now the Orleans County YMCA on Pearl Street. For more information on that project, visit companyfmemorial.com.