YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – For the first time in Yorktown history, this year’s Memorial Day Parade will include a special ceremony honoring the newly placed bricks at the DeVito Veteran’s Memorial Gazebo.
The Yorktown American Legion Post 1009 is inviting residents to come to the 2013 Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. Monday at Yorktown Town Hall. The parade will kick-off at 11:15 a.m. from town hall and march to the DeVito Veteran’s Memorial Garden on Veterans Road where the main ceremonies are set to take place.
“We are doing a memorial garden dedication for the first time ever and we’re hoping to make it a tradition,” said Post Commander Fred Wooding. “We’ve sold some bricks that will be in the ground around our brand new flag pole. It should be something special.”
The memorial is also the realization of the dream of previous post commander Albert Laughlin. This year’s master of ceremonies is set to be Gerald Knapp with Patrick McDonough serving as adjutant. The New York State Police is also set to be the parade’s honor guard, Wooding said, which is also a first for Yorktown.
“It’s going to open up the eyes of the community to let them know the state police are there not to just pull us over for speeding but they’re there to support us and they are a part of our community,” Wooding said. “We’re honored to have them join us.”
Those looking for more information on the parade are asked to email Wooding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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