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Mamaroneck Stands at Attention on Veteran's Day

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The American Legion Post 90, residents and elected officials honored Mamaroneck's service men and woman, including Ronald Katen, at Friday morning's Veterans Day ceremony.

Katen was drafted in 1957 and served in Korea and then Vietnam for four years as a company commander. He spent the following 23 years in the reserved military and has earned numerous service medals, for which he was too humble to list for The Daily Mamaroneck .

"George, and the American Legion, are terrific supporters of the military," said Katen, referring to State Assembly member George Latimer, who presented him with another service award. "It is great to be honored by them."

Veterans Day is especially poignant for veterans of World War 1, which ended on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. with the signing of the Armistice in 1918.

"It was right then that the soul of the American Legion was born," said Ed Murray, commander of AL Post 90.

After elected officials, including Latimer, Village Trustees Toni Ryan and Louis Santoro, and Town Supervisor-Elect Nancy Seligson spoke, the Village Fire Department disposed of used American Flags. Jan Northrup, president of the Memorial Park Preservation Fund, brought 99 flags, representing the 99 individuals honored at Kemper Park in front of the Mamaroneck High School. They previously lined the flower beds in Kemper Park.

"Today's not just a day off from work or school, Veterans Day is about honoring those served this country," said Victor Piacente, a veteran who served in the Marine Corp in Desert Storm and the Army National Guard in Afghanistan.

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