Memorial Day Service

A solemn salute at last year’s Memorial Day Service.  Photo by Leo Quintana/ISLANDER NEWS

Memorial Day Service on the Village Green May 27 at 9am 

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. This organization of military veterans was born in the aftermath of World War II. A meeting in Paris of 20 officers in 1919 resulted in a plan espoused by Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. to found a new type of veteran’s organization from all branches of military service, non -political, and with chapters throughout the country.

Key Biscayne’s American Legion Post 374 was formed in 1996 by a group of veterans in the Key Biscayne Rotary Club. With the urging of Gladys Van Den Berg; the late Major Richard L. Cromartie-the post namesake-spearheaded the effort and became the first commander.

Major Cromartie was a decorated WWII veteran and community leader. Two other organizations are associated with the post: The Auxiliary composed of wives, mothers, and daughters of veterans; and the Sons of the American Legion. Together, the three Key Biscayne American Legion organizations carry out the Legion’s mission by assisting and entertaining veterans at the Miami VA Medical Center through-out the year.

Supportive activities and events include monthly visits to the VA, lunches at the Beach and Yacht Club, sponsored youth baseball teams, bingo games, annual picnics a Bill Baggs Park, and more.

Memorial and Veteran’s Day ceremonies are organized and conducted at the Village Green. For information about joining any of the three organizations contact Ken Robertson at

As the Legion begins its second century of service, the Key Biscayne post invites all veterans and KB families to attend Memorial Day Service on the Village Green Monday May 27th at 9 AM.

Memorial Day Village celebration:

It’s the one day a year to remember fallen heroes, a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America, and a day to be with the family. Itinerary includes:

• The Village of Key Biscayne Police and Fire Rescue Color Guard

• Keynote Speaker

• Memorial Day remarks from Mayor Michael W. Davey

• Cadets from MAST Academy Coast Guard Jr. Leadership Program

• A Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath

• Prayer and reflection led by American Legion Post 374 Chaplin Father Robert Libby

• Historical Readings

• 100 Year Celebration of the American Legion

• Linda Sheehan – the National Anthem and God Bless America.