As commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1195, I invite all Rivertowns residents to a special ceremony being held Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. We will be gathering to honor James Daley, a Hastings hometown hero who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I in France. The ceremony is being held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of his reinterment in Hastings from France. Our keynote speaker will be Lisa Zimmerman, a Hastings resident and a volunteer with the Hastings Historical Society who has spent considerable time researching James Daley and the Daley family.

The American Legion is conducting similar ceremonies nationwide through a program known as Homecoming ‘21. Homecoming ‘21 commemorates the return of 44,000 American troops whose remains were transported back home from the World War I battlefields of Europe.

The ceremony will be held at Daley’s gravesite in Section 35 of the cemetery, which can be found by entering the cemetery through the Jackson Avenue main gate and continuing straight on Cedar Lane. If you have any questions regarding the ceremony, please feel free to reach out to me at or 914-478-3567.

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