Memorial Day 2021

Once again, the City of Rye will carry on its tradition of honoring deceased veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021.  However, this year due to the COVID-19 guidelines, we will be conducting the ceremony virtually which will air on RYE TV at 10:00 am and throughout the day.

The viewing locations for the Rye Ceremony are RyeTV Cablevision 75 & 76 or Verizon 33 & 39 at 10am, noon, 3, 5 & 8 PM. The ceremony will also be available on

American Legion Post 128 Commander Fred de Barros will lead the virtual ceremony. Rye City Mayor Josh Cohn and County Executive George Latimer will offer welcome remarks and greetings. 

Legionnaire Terry McCartney will read the roll of honor and he will also receive the 2021 Rye American Legion Post 128 Americanism Award.  Commander Fred de Barros comments, “Terry is a great citizen of Rye.  He is a leader in city government, is involved in youth sports and active in veterans’ issues.”

Pastor Dan Love of Rye Presbyterian Church will lead the invocation.

Matthew Cipriani, a student at Resurrection School will read the Gettysburg address.

Legionnaire Tim Moynihan and Dave Ball of will read stories about select Rye veterans who died in WWII.  This honors the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII.

Commander de Barros will present Eagle Scout Awards to the follow from Rye Boy Scout Troop 2:

Salvatore Morlino

Zachary L.A. Johnson

Mathew Quartararo

Mycal Riccio

Jaime Latorre

Austin Harvey

James LaMagna

Max Zangiacomi

Chris Beechert, a student at Rye High will play taps.

Robin Latimer will sing the national anthem.

There is no parade nor essay contest this year.

About Terry McCartney

Terry is an active member and leader in our community in Rye. He has been a leader in city government, youth sports and veterans’ causes.

He moved to Rye in 2000.  Since then, he has served the city as an elected City Councilman for four years (2014-17). He now serves as the Chair of the Rye Golf Commission.

He coached youth sports for many years and continues to coach a boys and girls youth boxing program now.

Terry has raised tens of thousands of dollars which have gone directly to veterans’ causes such as the Montrose VA Hospital and the Rye American Legion.   His annual Memorial Day golf tournament at the Rye Golf Club has raised funds to enable the Rye American Legion post to distribute scholarships in Rye community and to support Rye Recreation sports programs.  He is an active member in Rye American Legion Post 128.

Terry served in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves as an infantry officer for over a decade, attaining the rank of Major, before receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1997.

Terry was born in Hawaii and grew up in a military family with four now siblings who live all over the United States. Terry graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1986 and St. Thomas University School of Law in 1994. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Julia, for 31 years and they have two adult sons, Jack and Daniel. Terry enjoys playing golf, fly fishing and reading in his free time.

Terry is a nationally recognized product liability lawyer and is one of the founding partners of the McCartney Stucky LLC law firm with offices here in Rye and in Kansas City, MO.  He is currently the President of a national bar association for lawyers practicing in his field.