The Village of Mamaroneck held its' annual Memorial Day parade, followed by a ceremony and wreath-laying at the local war memorial in front of Village Hall.
The Monday parade, organized by the American Legion's Mamaroneck Post 90, began at the Mamaroneck Avenue School at 5:00 p.m. and proceeded down Mamaroneck Avenue through the downtown area, turning left onto Prospect Avenue where it ended at the Village's war memorial.
"If we want to be the 'Land of the free,' we have to be the 'home of the brave," said State Assemblyman George S. Latimer, speaking at the ceremony in reference to the lyrics of the national anthem and emphasizing the need to honor those who served their country as members of the armed forces, living and dead.
Active duty U.S. Marines and Navy sailors bussed up to Mamaroneck for the parade and ceremony from New York City, where they had docked with the U.S.S. Iwo Jima.
They have a really great memorial here, said Marine Corps Staff Sargent David Riegelsperger of the Second Battalion-Ninth based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Local Girl Scouts placed flags on the sides of the war memorial as the Roll of Honors was read, followed by a wreath-laying by community leaders and local Legion members.
During the ceremony, Mayor Norman Rosenblum quoted an email correspondence from an unnamed marine: America is not at war. The U.S. military is at war.
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