HARRISON, N.Y. --Veterans, dignitaries and residents gathered in downtown Harrison for the annual Memorial Day parade before descending on Ma Riis Park for a ceremony honoring Harrison's and America's fallen war heroes.
"You don't have to look far in Harrison to find heroes," said Mayor Ron Belmont. "Our veterans, for the love of their country accepted death so our lives could be better. We are not here to mourn them but to praise our soldiers who gave their all for us."
Retired Brigadier Gen. Sidney Baumgarten said a lot has happened in the world since the last time he was in Harrison. Baumgarten said if it wasn't for the brave men and women of the American Revolution, we wouldn't even have a country to be proud of to begin with.
"We need to remember the sacrifice of a small group of civilians that took up arms to create this great nation," Baumgarten said. "The Revolutionary War may long be over but its impact lingers on."
Richard Bertoli, commander of the Harrison Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Memorial Day is not about going to the beach, picnics of playing golf but to never forget those who gave their all for America.
"How quickly people forget that," Bertoli said. "These are people who fought and died for people of all races, ethnicities and religions. Many are trying to reduce veteran entitlements to pay their political cronies. Don't let that happen. They fought and died for the American flag. We owe them no less."
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