Memorial Day is a holiday to honor our veterans and those who have died protecting the United States. The annual Memorial Day parade in Dobbs Ferry is a tradition in the village that continued on Monday. Leading the way were Army vehicles, followed by veterans and town officials on foot. The parade also featured the Dobbs Ferry marching band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, drummers, ambulances and fire trucks.
The parade started at 10 a.m. at Mohican Park Avenue and worked its way through the streets to Dobbs Ferry high school. After the marching band played the National Anthem, Father Tim Scannell led the gathering with the Invocation.
Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett was a featured speaker and in his brief speech he thanked all in attendance and more importantly the veterans being honored.
"[This day] reminds us of the importance to reflect upon and honor those members of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price and sacrifice in defense of our American way of life and or freedoms," Connett said.
The mayor also went on to acknowledge and thank those currently serving the country.
"At this time we also express our appreciation for all the men and women of the armed services who are currently in harm's way and around the world and for all the tremendous sacrifices they and their families make for our nation and for us here in Dobbs Ferry," Connett said.
American Legion Post 1048 had a few speakers shared their thoughts on the honorary parade before Post President Janet Rizzuto gave the roll call for all the soldiers killed in action.
The ceremony came to a close with a rendition of "Taps" by the Dobbs Ferry marching band and the placing of the wreath by Commander Phil Rizzuto and his grandson Chris. Father Tim then closed it out with a reading of the benediction.
The parade then made its way down Broadway Street and Cedar Street through the downtown area to the Monument at Memorial Park for the placing of the wreath. After the parade a reception was held at the American Legion Post on Palisade Street and the hall filled up as locals chatted with veterans and volunteers.
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