Angela Quigley is described by her daughter, Paula, as the go-to woman on what's happening in Dobbs Ferry. It takes a long time to polish that type of wisdom, 45 years to be exact.
Quigley has lived in Dobbs Ferry that long and is one of the charter members of the American Legion Post 1048 in the village. The Post actually celebrated its 50th year anniversary five years ago.
"I am the one and only charter member that is still, thank God, alive and active," Quigley said. "I have served as the president, I have practically held every office that there has been."
When asked what the purpose of the 1048 Post is, Quigley was blunt.
"Our primary focus is on honoring veterans," she said.
Being an integral part of the Memorial Day parade is a way that Quigley helps to honor the veterans she is continually surrounded by. As a way of helping raise money for the veterans, Quigley and other veterans make "poppies," which are the little handmade red flowers that can be seen pinned to residents all over town.
"They are solely made by veterans," Quigley said of the artificial flowers. "We purchase them for a nominal fee. A veteran makes a small amount of money for every poppy made and we buy them."
How do the poppies actually help the veterans?
"Our purpose then is for the month of May, we can't ask anyone to buy a poppy, so we ask them to wear a poppy because they are not really for sale," Quigley said. "They're more for donations. The money that is received through the sale of poppies is strictly used for the veterans."
Many have forgotten the true purpose of the annual Memorial Day parade in Dobbs Ferry. Quigley hopes to help people remember why they show up each year.
"[The meaning] is trying to make everyone realize what Memorial Day is all about, since way back through all the wars," Quigley said. "[It's in honor of] our men and our veterans who have been killed serving our country."
Other than selling poppies and wearing patriotic colors, there are many ways to honor the veterans who have helped protect American freedoms.
"In honor a lot of boy scouts and girl scouts go around cemeteries putting flags on graves," Quigley said. "It's mainly to remember the veteran, to pay tribute to the veteran for what they've done for their country.
Do you know any others who go above and beyond to support our veterans?
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