Memorial Day 2019 Speaker Announced

Rye American Legion Post 128 is delighted to announce that fellow Legionnaire and Rye resident Terrence McCartney will be the main speaker  at this year’s Memorial Day ceremony.  The ceremony begins immediately following the Memorial Day parade at approximately 10:30am at Rye City Hall on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Terry was born in Hawaii to parents who both served in the United States Air Force so he and his four siblings grew up on military bases all over the country. His father retired from the Air Force after 26 years of service when Terry was 12 years old and his family settled in the Tidewater region of Virginia.  Terry graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1986 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on the same day.  All of Terry’s siblings or their spouses are either military veterans or have served in other branches of government.  Terry’s eldest sister Rose served in the State Department’s Foreign Service for 30 years and was appointed to be the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador and Peru by Presidents Bush and Obama.

Terry served on active duty as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 1986 to 1991, including numerous overseas deployments in command of infantry units and as a General’s aide-de-camp at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. during Operation Desert Storm. Terry left active duty to attend law school in 1991 but continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1997.  He was honorably discharged from the Marines holding the rank of Major.

Terry is an accomplished trial lawyer who practices nationally in the field of product liability law focusing primarily on automobile and trucking crashworthiness cases.  Terry lectures regularly around the country and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers for fifteen consecutive years. He is admitted to practice law in both New York and California and has also been admitted to practice in numerous other states throughout his career.  Terry started a new law firm last year, McCartney Stucky LLC, which has offices here in Rye and in Kansas City, Missouri.

Terry has been married for 32 years to his college sweetheart, Julia Rheingold, who grew up in Rye and graduated from Rye High School. Julia and Terry have two adult sons, Jack and Daniel.  Daniel attends the adult special needs program at Ability Beyond in Chappaqua and his big brother Jack, a Rye High graduate like his mom, is a real-life rocket scientist at the SpaceX launch facility in California.  Terry enjoys playing golf, fly fishing and reading in his free time.

Terry is an active member of the Rye community and served on the Rye City Council from 2013 to 2017. He is currently serving on the Rye Golf Club Commission.  Terry coached Rye Little League and Rye Babe Ruth baseball, CYO basketball and Sound Shore youth football for many years.  He founded the Rye Boxing Club in 2004 and continues to teach about 30 Rye boys and girls to box every year.  Terry has been a member of Rye American Legion Post 128 since 2002 and has been honored to host a Memorial Day Golf Tournament for the past several years and again this year at the Rye Golf Club to raise money to support Post 128’s scholarship and social programs.