Green-Wood Cemetery honors veterans with annual concert
by Andrew Pavia
May 29, 2013 | 687 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Surrounded by memories of the past, Green-Wood Cemetery paid tribute to veterans during its 15th annual free Memorial Day concert, featuring the 62-piece ISO Symphonic Band performing patriotic songs.

“On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have fought for our country’s freedom,” said Richard Moylan, president of Green-Wood Cemetery. “It is an honor to share this day with our families, friends and community members.”

The ISO (Interschool Orchestra) Symphonic Band was founded by Brian Worsdale, who also conducts the group, which has over 300 students from various city schools.

“Brian does this medley of all the hymns of al the services and its such a tear jerker,” said Pearl Lau, who sits on the band's Board of Directors. “And it’s great for these kids to see veterans from wars that they only learned about in a text book.”

Borough President Marty Markowitz spent part of his Memorial Day at Green-Wood Cemetery listening to the band perform.

“We sit here to enjoy this concert this afternoon, but it would not have been possible had it not been for those brave men and women who serve this nation with great courage and heroism,” said Markowitz.

Coney Island resident and Vietnam War veteran of the Vietnam War sat in the last row listening and watching as the orchestra played the national anthem.

“I think that it’s great that they have this type of performance here,” said Ron Farber, a Coney Island resident and Vietnam War veteran. “Whether it’s World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam or so forth, its something that we all have to remember. Too many people have started to forget.”

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