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Larchmont Parade Honors War Heroes, Police Captain

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Larchmont and the town of Mamaroneck teamed up for this year's annual Memorial Day Parade, which honored both fallen war heroes and Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, who died in a house fire a month ago.

"This is one of the premier events in our village," said Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews. "This introduces all the young kids to the day to know that there is a reason behind it."

The parade began at the Larchmont train station and went down Chatsworth Avenue to Palmer Avenue before turning onto Larchmont Avenue and ending at the police station. A wreath-laying ceremony followed to honor fallen soldiers and Sullivan.

The parade is meant as a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives for this country, Police Chief John Poleway said. Sullivan was instrumental in setting up the parade, even the one that took place this year, Poleway said.

"Thomas Sullivan was an exceptional individual who will certainly be missed," Poleway said.

The parade is not only a kickoff to summer but also a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women in the armed forces, Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson said. Though Seligson didn't know Sullivan personally, she said the ceremony for him was fitting.

"I can't even explain how much he meant to the community," Sullivan said. "I can't put into words how sad that tragedy is."

Click here for a photo gallery from the parade.

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