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A day of remembrance: Memorial Day ceremonies, parade honor the soldiers lost in war
May 30, 2019 at 7:58 a.m.
Longtime Port Chester Post 93 Firing Team member Ken Neilsen, World War II reenactor and Port Chester volunteer fireman Jonathan Mazzella and Carleen Ybarra, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Battalion and a Rye Brook resident, fire shots during the ceremony at the Korean War memorial at the entrance to Crawford Park on Monday, May 27.
Second Assistant Fire Chief Angelo Sposta and his 9-year-old daughter Melanie salute while Taps is played at the William James Memorial Gateway Park on North Main Street near the Greenwich border.
The American Legion Post 93 Firing Team, this year filled out with other local veterans, fires off symbolic shots during the brief early morning ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial in Lyon Park.
Port Chester Board of Education member Lou Russo bows his head during Taps at the Korean War memorial.
Ryan Allen, 2½, of Port Chester, waves her American flag as she listens to speakers during the main Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park on North Regent Street.
As the Port Chester American Legion Band plays patriotic tunes at Veterans’ Memorial Park, White Plains resident Renato Baptista stands at the edge of the formation and taps his cymbals.
The Pride of Port Chester follows their drumline as they uniformly charge down Westchester Avenue in the parade following ceremonies at the war memorials around the villages.
Proud to be doing their part in honoring lost soldiers, 9-year-old Port Chester residents Brooke Muto (left) and Megan Johnson carry a banner to lead fellow Port Chester/Rye Brook Girls Scouts from various other troops.
Soundview Street resident Lauren Castaneda stands on the corner of her road and Westchester Avenue to watch the procession go by. She comforts her dog, Cinnamon, who’s in full-body shakes from all the action.
As he marches with his peers, King Street School third-grader Dominick Becerra takes his role as the lion mascot very seriously.
Sitting with the best view on the curb outside the former Our Lady of Mercy Church, John F. Kennedy School 7-year-old Stephanie Richardson waves an American flag as the parade strolls through.
Near the library, three fifth-grade flutists from Edison School and King Street School lead their classmates in a mixed elementary school band ensemble down Westchester Avenue. From the left: Andrea Barajas, Sofia Rinello and Scarlett Pimentel.
Decked out in a glitzy red and black uniform, Port Chester High School senior color guard member Zavier Garcia holds his flag is position as he marches down the street.
With a wave of her hand, Park Avenue School kindergartener Jocelyn Goyburu gives a shy smile to the camera as she marches with her classmates.
Edison School second-graders Jamie Pulla (left), Camilla Sigua and Marianna Cruz hold hands as they close out of the procession.
Members of different Port Chester/Rye Brook Cub Scout troops salute as high schoolers from Boy Scout Troop 400 do the raising of the flags during the ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park.