New York Mills Honors Veterans With Parade, Ceremony
New York Mills, NY (WIBX) - Not even the threat of a thunderstorm could stop the New York Mills Memorial Day parade from making its way down Main Street.
Through a constant rain, the procession traveled from Elm Street to Veteran's Park, where a program was held honoring our nation's veterans.
Among the groups participating were the Mohawk Valley Frasers, the Knights of Columbus, the Ziyara Temple and 865th Combat Support Hospital US Army Reserve. Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Dan Kenney served as Grand Marshal.
Dora Tuttle was one of the spectators braving the weather. She said she came out to support those who've lost their lives.
"Just pause and realize that they can do what they do today because of the people - past, present and future - that have given their life or given parts of their bodies, in order for us to do this," Tuttle said.
State Senator Joe Griffo was also in attendance. He has relatives who've served in the military and has a strong connection to this event.
"Today, above all days, is an opportunity for us to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," Griffo said. "You do that by coming out, showing your respect and to recognize and to let other people know, particularly family members, that we appreciate what they've done so that we can continue to live under freedom and under liberty."
Another ceremony was also held at Yorkville's Memorial Park during the afternoon.