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Mamaroneck Parade Honors Service Personnel

Local police, firefighters, paramedics and other service personnel honored military veterans Wednesday at the Village of Larchmont and Town of Mamaroneck Memorial Day Parade.

Scouts, students and marching bands were also present at the parade, which began at the Larchmont train station and ended at the Village Hall.

“It’s important to remind people that our armed forces are out there protecting our country,” said Larchmont Chief of Police and Grand Marshal John Poleway.

The sound of bagpipes, drums, horns and cymbals could be heard as the parade’s three divisions marched down the streets of Larchmont. A Marine unit from the Second Assault Amphibious Battalion based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina had arrived in New York City on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima and bussed up to participate in the parade.

“We’re here to meet with the public,” said Marine Staff Sergeant De La Rosa. “We want them to see who we are.”

After the parade concluded, Poleway presented a wreath to the Marine unit at the flag memorial in front of Village Hall. The Marines stood in silence in front of the memorial as people conversed with each other and ate hot dogs provided by the Larchmont Fire Department. Children ran about and rolled down grassy inclines.

“Most of us don’t really think about what it (Memorial Day) means,” said Larchmont resident Tony Hoylen. “It’s pretty heavy stuff.”

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