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Annual salute to veterans
November 14, 2019 at 5:57 a.m.
With a memorial wreath in the foreground, veterans Marvin Goldowsky of Port Chester and Vincent Lyons of Rye Brook salute during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Rye Town Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Port Chester on Sunday, Nov. 10. A handful of politicians, a dozen veterans and a dozen other residents came out to commemorate those who have served, those who have died and those who continue to serve the country in the military.
Although the turnout is usually sparse, Port Chester native Ray Cardinali, a Gulf War veteran, and his wife Cheryl, who live in New York City, build the Veterans Day ceremony in Ray’s hometown into their yearly routine.
Vietnam veterans and cousins Peter Sileo of Rye Brook and Dominick Mancuso of Port Chester place a memorial wreath in remembrance of those who have died in service to their country in front of the central monument at Veterans’ Memorial Park. The marker commemorates those who served and died in World War I.
Eleven-year-old Lucas Baptista of White Plains, carrying American flags he passed out to ceremony attendees, watches as the Port Chester American Legion Band plays a patriotic number. He is the son of band member Renato Baptista, playing the cymbals.