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Celebrating Hastings' Veterans on Their Day

When the Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day Parade kicks off on Sunday at 3 p.m., the community will be continuing a tradition of celebrating veterans that started five decades ago.

This year, more than twenty groups are expected to march to celebrate of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Julius Chemka, the former mayor of Hastings will be Grand Marshall of the parade, which will also feature members of the Hastings Historical Society. The historical society will be organizing a museum site located behind Chase Bank at 565 Warburton Ave on the day of the parade.

In addition, some wounded veterans will be given assistance dogs . These intelligent and compassionate dogs were trained by Project Heal, a program offered by a nonprofit called Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, or ECAD. ECAD currently maintains training facilities in Connecticut and New York, and has placed dogs in more than 12 states. The mission of Project Heal is to honor and encourage wounded veterans by providing them a specially trained service dog that will help rebuild their independence and stability.

Assembly is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Hastings High School's Reynolds Football Field. The parade will start at Chauncey Lane and Farragut Ave. and will continue the march across Farragut Avenue down Main St. and Warburton Ave. to North St. to Maple Ave., south on Southside Ave., to Station Plaza Parade.

The Parade Committee is seeking people with convertible cars who are willing to provide transportation for the Honorees and some VFW members who are interested in joining in the parade. If interested and able to provide a ride for a veteran, please contact Lisa O'Reilly, Parade Coordinator at 478-2380, Ext 642 or Loreilly@hastingsgov.org.

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