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Memorial Day 2017: No parade but plenty of patriotism II
June 1, 2017 at 1:59 a.m.
Police, officials and others gather at the Civil War monument for a ceremony. This beautiful monument at the corner of New Broad Street, Pearl Street and the Boston Post Road, has been restored.
Ken Neilsen and Bill Chiapetta, members of the Port Chester Post 93 American Legion Firing Team, fire shots at the Spanish-American War memorial at Summerfield Park during the brief ceremony there. Anthony Bubbico, Jr. stands ready to play Taps. Opposite them is Port Chester Mayor Richard Falanka, who noted that this monument is in dire need of restoration.
Port Chester Police Lt. Charles Nielsen, Sgt. Mike Martello and Martello’s sons Andrew, 13, and Daniel, 10, gaze at the police memorial in Lyon Park honoring members of the police force who have died.
Port Chester Mayor Richard “Fritz” Falanka speaks to the crowd gathered at Veterans’ Memorial Park while other municipal officials huddle under umbrellas. “This day is too important to let rain stop it,” said State Senator George Latimer, who kept his speech brief as did all the other politicians.
Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman calls for a moment of silence at the Korean War memorial at the entrance to Crawford Park.
Port Chester Police Lt. Charles Nielsen and Sgt. Mike Martello walk toward the police memorial in Lyon Park honoring members of the police force who have died. In the background, Martello’s sons Andrew, 13, and Daniel, 10, move the memorial wreath in front of the monument.
Assistant Fire Chiefs Enrico Casterella and Herbert Bocchino place a memorial wreath at the monument to fallen firefighters in front of Fire Headquarters at Westchester Avenue and Poningo Street.
Vietnam veterans Peter Sileo of Rye Brook and Dom Mancuso of Port Chester place a memorial wreath at the Vietnam War memorial in Lyon Park.
Protected by umbrellas, Natividad Soto and her son Gianmarco, 7, of 307 Westchester Ave., watch and listen to the ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park at Westchester Avenue and North Regent Street
Vietnam veterans Jose Baez of Port Chester and Tom Giorgi of Rye Brook place a special service ribbon wreath at the Vietnam memorial in Lyon Park. "We've always got to remember our Vietnam vets. We don't want them to be forgotten," said Baez as he carried in the wreath. PICTURE STORY BY RICHARD ABEL
Ken Neilsen and Bill Chiapetta, members of the Port Chester Post 93 American Legion Firing Team, fire off shots at William James Memorial Gateway Park on North Main Street during a brief ceremony Memorial Day morning. Standing with them is Anthony Bubbico, Jr., who played Taps at each of Port Chester and Rye Town’s veterans’ memorials that morning.
The Skiba family: Fiona, 2, Reilly, 5, Colleen and Jeff, of 11 Wesley Ave., stay dry under umbrellas as the rain pours down on all who gathered at Veterans’ Memorial Park for the main Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning, May 29. The parade that was to follow was cancelled at the last minute.