YORKTOWN, N.Y. Hundreds of young boys and girls, uniformed in green, beige or blue sashes and vests listened intently to the words of Maj. Dan Colvin Sunday afternoon, as he spoke of the importance of thanking veterans.
The hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts were just a portion of those who marched in Sundays parade through Shrub Oak in honor of Veterans Day. The parade, which started at Lakeland High School and made its way to the John C. Hart Library culminated with a finish where parade organizers like Paul Martin and Bill Lewis spoke of the importance of honoring veterans, as did State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C District 40) and Rep. Nan Hayworth (R District 19).
If it werent for a few ingredients, this nation would not have been able to, in 235 years, become a world superpower. The ingredients I speak of, certainly the fact that were founded as a democracy is a big one of them, our capitalistic economy thats another one, Colvin said. But you know what the biggest one is? That our way of life through the years has been reinforced and protected due to the sacrifices of our military veterans, and we owe a debt of gratitude to all of them.
Hayworth spoke of the importance of preserving services and help for veterans.
I want to assure you that we, every member of Congress that I work with, Democrats or Republicans alike, care about our veterans. Its so important, this unites all of us, Hayworth said. You mean everything to us. Our freedoms that we all enjoy here are thanks to our veterans.
Ball made note of the fact that so many young children had attended the parade, and thanked the parents and adults who try to inform their children of the sacrifices of veterans.
To all the parents that are here, to all the community members who are here, I want you to look in the eyes of the veterans, Ball said. These young men and women represent the best of America.
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