Alumni 50th Reunion Central

​​Allegheny Class of '66

Thank you to all who made this memorial service one of the true highlights of the 50th reunion... especially Toni Swain Marwitz

Tribute to Dick Okrasinski


by Jeannie Smith and Pat Butler


Richard Okrasinski was born May 16, 1944 and passed away May 1, 1971, at 26 years old.  I had the good fortune to be a very close friend to Dick, whose nickname became Okie, in high school and it stuck with him.  Okie and I along with Greg Rocha, also deceased, graduated from Seton Hall Prep, New Jersey, in 1962.  We were the center, guard and tackle on an all-state football team.  The three of us all came to Allegheny in the Fall of 1962.  We spent a lot of time in locker rooms, as fraternity brothers in Phi Gamma Delta and travelling back and forth from New Jersey to Meadville.


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  • Where Have All The Flowers Gone (1962 - #95)3:01
  • God Bless The USA3:06

The music played at the Memorial Service

Allegheny College

Class of 1966

Vietnam

Memorial Service

Sunday June 5, 2017



The Rain on the Leaves

A Ballad from Vietnam by Pham Duy

(performed at Allegheny in 1965 by Steve Addis and Bill Crofut, Allegheny Class of '58)


The rain on the leaves is the tears of joy
Of the girl whose boy returns from the war.
The rain on the leaves is the bitter tears
When the mother learns her son is no more.


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The Presidential Proclamation Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War


​Read by Howard Sterling, formerly of the U.S. Army


As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. 


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Tribute to Denny Andrews


By Bill Cowles


Denny was my friend, my fraternity brother, my senior year roommate, and I was his wrestling dummy.

Denny was a great wrestler at 137 pounds. Unfortunately for those of us around him, his natural weight was somewhere around 165. So, for some six months of the year, Denny survived on a diet of tea and toast in order to maintain his weight class. It worked, and he graduated with an outstanding won-loss record. I can’t remember him ever losing a match. When he set a goal, he stayed focused on it until he achieved it.


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Reading of the Mike Christian Story 

As told by U.S. Senator John S. McCain  


Read by John Kelso


MIKE CHRISTIAN: A POW STORY

As you may know, I spent 5½ five and one half years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room. This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.

One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. He didn’t wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old. 


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Song

​Where have all the Flowers Gone

​Written by Pete Seeger, Performed by the Kingston Trio


Where have all the soldiers gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the soldiers gone,
 Long time ago,
Where have all the soldiers gone,
They've gone to graveyards every one,

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn? ​

 

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Pledge of Allegiance


​“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” 



Closing


God Bless the USA

Composed and sung by Lee Greenwood


​If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I'd thank my lucky stars to be livin' here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom And they can't take that away

 And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain't no doubt, I love this land God bless the USA

From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas from sea to shining sea
From Detroit down to Houston and New York to L.A.
Well, there's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say:

That I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain't no doubt, I love this land, God bless the USA.



Welcome

Toni Swain Marwitz

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