Bay High grad, now an Army officer, to address Memorial Day audience

It is that time of the year when we start to think about summer and look forward to the Memorial Day weekend. While many think of this as a “Holiday” it is really a “Remembrance” day. It is meant to remember all the men and women who have served our country and have passed away.

This year the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 29. The parade timetable is as follows:
    •    8 a.m. Assemble in Huntington Beach parking lot on Lake Road
    •    8:45 a.m. March west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery
    •    9:00 a.m. Ceremonies at Lakeside Cemetery
    •    9:15 a.m. March east on Lake Road to Cahoon Park Gazebo
    •    9:45 a.m. Ceremonies at Cahoon Park

The Parade Committee invites all Veterans and Blue and Gold Star Mothers to participate and march in the parade.

The Cahoon Park ceremonies will feature guest speaker Colonel Richard Gash. Col. Gash is the Vice Dean for Resources at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He is also an associate professor who teaches mechanics and design courses for the civil and mechanical engineering programs.

Col. Gash is married to his West Point classmate, Staci and they have five children: Abigail (USMA 2024), Richard (USMA 2026), Allison, Amelia and Alexandra.

Col. Gash graduated from Bay High in 1992 where he ran cross-country and played in the marching band. He was graduated from West Point in 1996 and was commissioned as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Army. His military assignments prior to returning as a member of the senior faculty include serving in the 1st Armored Division at Ft. Riley Kansas, the 555th Engineering Group at Ft. Lewis Washington, the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey in the Republic of Korea and culminating as Director of Public Works for Camp AsSayliyah in Doha, Qatar. He served combat duties in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

American Legion Post 385 is the main organizer of the parade with assistance from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 249. Any questions regarding the parade can be addressed to Joe Cronin of the American Legion at

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.16.2023