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Mount Kisco's Memorial Day Parade Pays Tribute To Those Who Served

A Mount Kisco police vehicle leads the procession for the local Memorial Day parade.
A Mount Kisco police vehicle leads the procession for the local Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
American Legion members fire rounds during a Memorial Day ceremony in Mount Kisco.
American Legion members fire rounds during a Memorial Day ceremony in Mount Kisco. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
American Legion hall members march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
American Legion hall members march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A color guard marches in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
A color guard marches in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Mount Kisco's Lions Club participates in the Memorial Day parade.
Mount Kisco's Lions Club participates in the Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Bianca Weiss, this year's poppy girl, waves out of a car in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Bianca Weiss, this year's poppy girl, waves out of a car in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Vintage cars are driven in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Vintage cars are driven in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Local groups gather for a  pre-parade ceremony held at a field between Mount Kisco's cemeteries.
Local groups gather for a pre-parade ceremony held at a field between Mount Kisco's cemeteries. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Local officials pause for a solemn ceremony at a war memorial between Mount Kisco's cemeteries.
Local officials pause for a solemn ceremony at a war memorial between Mount Kisco's cemeteries. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Local officials march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Local officials march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Bagpipers perform in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Bagpipers perform in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Cheerleaders do a performance at Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Cheerleaders do a performance at Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Girl Scouts march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Girl Scouts march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Boy Scouts march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade.
Boy Scouts march in Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Mount Kisco's Ancient Fife and Drum Corps marches in the Memorial Day parade.
Mount Kisco's Ancient Fife and Drum Corps marches in the Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Mount Kisco firefighters march in the Memorial Day parade.
Mount Kisco firefighters march in the Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
James Antash, a fifth grader at West Patent Elementary School, reads his Memorial Day essay.
James Antash, a fifth grader at West Patent Elementary School, reads his Memorial Day essay. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Luis Diaz, a fifth grader at Mount Kisco Elementary School, reads his Memorial Day essay.
Luis Diaz, a fifth grader at Mount Kisco Elementary School, reads his Memorial Day essay. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
American Legion members present a wreath for Mount Kisco's war memorial.
American Legion members present a wreath for Mount Kisco's war memorial. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Wreaths and flowers were placed at Mount Kisco's war memorial.
Wreaths and flowers were placed at Mount Kisco's war memorial. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Mount Kisco's Memorial Day parade took place on a sunny afternoon this past Saturday, with an array of local civic groups in attendence.

The parade, which is held on May 30, the historical date, was preceded with a brief ceremony at a monument in between the village's cemeteries. The parade itself went north on East Main Street (Route 117) and stopped at the war memorial next to the local library.

Marchers included a color guard, local American Legion members, the Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, elected officials and bagpipers. Participants also included groups such as the Mount Kisco Historical Society, the Mount Kisco Lions Club, the local Ancient Order of Hibernians chapter, and local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

The main ceremony included an instrumental rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" and a vocal rendition of "God Bless America." Legion members fired a round from their guns, which was followed by a playing of "Taps." Presentations of wreathes and flowers were also made.

The ceremony included another annual tradition in Mount Kisco, which is the reading of a pair of essays from local fifth-grade winners of Memorial Day essay contests. One student each is selected from Mount Kisco Elementary School (MKES) and West Patent Elementary School (WPES).

James Antash, this year's winner from WPES, spoke about remembering people who sacrificed themselves for the country.

“Although these heroes are gone, they will never be forgotten because each and every day, as we live our lives freely and safely in this beautiful country, we are honoring everything they fought for.”

Luis Diaz, this year's winner from MKES, repeated noted that those who died while serving in war are heroes.

“These heroes should be remembered for their will to never give up, for their pride and for their bravery.”

Mayor Michael Cindrich kept his remarks short, asking people who served in a war to raise their hands. He also mentioned that his granddaughter, Bianca Weiss, was serving as this year's poppy girl, which is another local Memorial Day tradition.

This year's parade either marks or coincides with the end of several eras that are tied to Mount Kisco in different ways. Donald Ford, who is general manager of the local American Legion, announced that this was his last year serving on the local Memorial Day committe.

“This is my last parade,” he said.

Speaking with Daily Voice later in the day, Ford, 81, cited his age as a factor. Ford plans to participate in future parades by riding.

The parade was also the last for the Mount Kisco Police Department before the bulk of its operations and personnel are taken over by the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, which starts on June 1. Following the consolidation, the village's police department will continue to exist in a limited form.

Several village police cars and personnel were on duty during the parade, while a pair of county policemen joined in the route on motorcycles.

The parade was also the last in Mount Kisco for Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham as a public official before he steps down to take a job in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration. Harckham, who represents Mount Kisco, is serving until June 1.

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