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Yorktown Hosts Annual Veterans Day Parade Sunday

Boy Scouts march in Yorktown's annual Veterans Day Parade.
Boy Scouts march in Yorktown's annual Veterans Day Parade. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Martin

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Sunday will be a day for Yorktown to honor its veterans.

Yorktown's Veterans Day parade is being held on Sunday at 2 p.m in Shrub Oak. A lineup will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Lakeland High School East entrance parking lot and go from the high school to Main Street to the John C. Hart Memorial Library, where a ceremony will be held. More than 1,000 people usually attend the parade.

The event has been going on in Yorktown for decade and features boy scouts, pipe bands, military vehicles, politics and of course, local veterans marching.

"It's a nice way and a nice day to honor our local veterans," Paul Martin III, who helps organize the parade, said. "That's the prime objective of the parade."

The idea for the parade was started by Bill Lewis, a member of the American Legion and a Vietnam War veteran. Lewis approached others about running the parade and the Yorktown Citizens Veterans Day Committee was formed.

"It's a group of volunteers who are advocates for veterans," Martin, whose father and father-in-law are veterans, said. "We want to celebrate for the veterans."

Martin said his father instilled in him to always have respect and admiration for those who served.

"It's very important for me to do this for them," Martin said. "Growing up on Long Island, I was surrounded by World War II and Korean War veterans. These guys came back and settled into a humdrum life. I have a great respect for what they did."

Martin said it is an important of being a citizen to say thank you.

"That's all this is," Martin said. "It's an opportunity to really just say thank you."

In organizing the parade, Martin is assisted by Nicole Fervan, John Roche and Mike Reidy, along with Lewis.

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