Port's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Selects Chalker as co-Grand Marshal
The Port Veterans of Foreign Wars has selected John W. Chalker, a much-decorated soldier and a Port police officer as co-grand marshal of this year's Memorial Day Parade. The Chalker family has a long tradition of military service, which goes back to Chalker's grandfather, Victor Chalker, Sr. who served in the U.S. Army Infantry and saw action during the Moro Insurrection in 1914 in the Philippines. Chalker's father, Victor, Jr., joined the New York Infantry in 1937 and saw action during WWII in the Pacific. Chalker's mother Mary, and Aunt Mae, were WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services) during WWII.
Mackey Selected as Co-Grand Marshal by Port's American Legion Post
The Port Washington American Legion Post #509 has selected their chaplain, Floyd D. Mackey, to serve as co-grand marshal of this year's Memorial Day Parade scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, May 29. Born in Richmond, VA, Mackey never saw the ocean in his early years until assigned as a cadet in the United States Merchant Marine Academy to sea duties on the ship Santa Margarita. After graduation from the academy in 1944, he continued his journey at sea, which would extend over 19 months and span 80,000 miles during World War II.
On The Bay
There is an old Roman proverb that says "navigare necess est" which translated means it is necessary to sail. Many of us in this area live by that proverb - some more than others. We have our day sailors, are weekend racers, some who compete in other harbors on Long Island Sound, and those who are pulled to blue water competition, such as the Bermuda Race. Then there are those sailors who go for the ultimate race, which most would agree, would be the Volvo Ocean Race. This race, which was formerly known as the Whitbread Round The World Race, takes place every four years and is considered the world's premiere ocean race. This professionally crewed event covers 32,250 nautical miles in approximately eight months, circumnavigating the globe with the prevailing winds. It crosses five continents and four oceans, touching some of the toughest areas and most extreme weather conditions in the world. This year the Volvo Ocean Race has teams on board a new class of boats, called the Volvo Ocean 70, a longer boat with less crew, making the race even more challenging than in the past. The Race has nine legs, and one "pit stop." This stop happened to be the North Cove Marina in New York City.
Double Wins for Schmitz
At the Nassau Coaches meet on Saturday, April 30 Paul D. Schreiber Varsity Track athlete Richard Schmitz won the 1600 in 4:26 and came back an hour later to win the two-mile in 9:48. He was awarded a watch for winning both races. Richard came within 1.5 seconds of the Schreiber school record. The meet featured dozens of teams from all over Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It is a high profile invitational meet that attracts Long Island's best runners.
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