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Villages Honor Veterans in Local Ceremonies

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Veterans past and present were honored in ceremonies throughout the villages on Friday. Local veterans appreciated the support, but some said they were more than happy to serve their county.

“It was our turn to serve and we did it gladly,” said Bill Florin, who has been the American Legion Post Commander in Dobbs Ferry for nearly 20 years.

Florin also served for almost 30 years in the National Guard. “So what if there was a draft? We did it gladly,” Florin said. “The military has always been there to help the country.”

Dobbs Ferry held a pancake breakfast at the Embassy Club in honor of local veterans, which was staffed by volunteers and Girl Scouts. About 60 people showed up for the breakfast, including village board members, local residents, senior citizens and the veterans themselves.

“Veterans Day, it’s important to show a little gratitude to people who have done a lot for their village,” said Dobbs Ferry Village Trustee Victor Golio.

Volunteers ranged from youngsters to local senior citizens, like Roz Navarra.

“It’s important because of the freedom we have today,” Navarra said. “I don’t know if they appreciate it, but we certainly do.”

Hastings held a ceremony outside the VFW building on Warburton as residents came out to show their support to veterans past and present. Local veterans spoke to the crowd of approximately 25 as the flag was raised, along with a rifle salute. The cold wind couldn’t stop local residents from coming out to honor all those who have served.

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