Warwick honors military personnel who died on Remembrance Day – The Warwick Valley Dispatch
By Lourice Angie
On Monday, May 31, Memorial Day celebrations were held throughout the town of Warwick in honor of all fallen service members who perished in the service of the nation. In the village of Warwick, the Memorial Day Parade was hosted by Veterans of American Legion Post 214 Nicholas P. Lesandro Jr. Local veteran members of VFW Post 4662 and Post 214 of the American Legion play the most important role in ensuring that this solemn remembrance day is always observed.
Hundreds of people attended the parade this year with elected officials, dignitaries, local veterans, first responders, civic organizations and community members of all ages participating. The queue started outside the Town Hall on Main Street in Warwick. This year’s Grand Marshal was veteran Tony Cossimano. The commanding officer of American Legion Station 214, Stan Martin, was the master of ceremonies. The Warwick Valley High School Marching Band led the way in performing patriotic songs that cheered the crowd. The Warwick Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts walked up close.
The parade was followed by ceremonies at Warwick Cemetery, St. Stephen’s Cemetery and the Firefighters Memorial in Veterans Memorial Park. During the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park, local officials spoke in honor of the past and present of all veterans.
âAfter a year of being bottled up and not being able to express our true emotions, this was a welcome moment for all of us. It is perhaps fitting that the first event we can be together is a solemn event focused on the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. It puts everything in perspective. I would like to thank all of our veterans and veterans organizations who through their activities promote, educate and remind all of us of the sense of citizenship and patriotic duty, âsaid Warwick Village Mayor Michael Newhard .
Veteran John Mc Donald added, âFor me, Memorial Day is a dark day to honor the servicemen and women who ensured our freedom by paying the ultimate price for their lives. We must never forget.
VFW Post 4662 descended Main Street on Monday, May 31, in the Memorial Day parade through the village of Warwick.
The Color Guard led the parade on Monday May 31st during the annual Memorial Day Parade through the village of Warwick.
Elected officials and elected officials march in the annual Memorial Day parade through the village of Warwick.
This year’s Grand Marshal Tony Cossimano of American Legion Post 214 walks down Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade in Warwick.
Veteran and local photojournalist Ed Bailey takes a photo of the crowd from the VFW Post 4662 tank.