MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Although rainy weather prevented Mount Kisco's outdoor Memorial Day parade, a heavily attended service was held indoors at the local American Legion hall.
The service included an array of folks who were set for the parade, including American Legion members, first responders and elected officials.
The event has not been rained out for at least 15 years, Mayor Michael Cindrich recalled. Mount Kisco has May 30, the historical date of Memorial Day, for its events.
When Cindrich spoke, he called the day a “day of remembrance.”
“It takes a life time of learning to remember what we should never forget,” he said.
The mayor focused on history in his speech, including that of both world wars.
Two fifth-grade students from Mount Kisco Elementary School and West Patent Elementary School gave speeches about Memorial Day as part of an annual essay contest that involves the local parade committee. The winners each get $100 prizes.
Natalie Trotte, a West Patent student, called Memorial Day a day to remember the “fallen heroes who fought for our freedom.”
“The meaning is to remember what they have done for us,” said Nicole Dobkowski, the Mount Kisco student who spoke.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, whose district includes Mount Kisco, was among the speakers. During her speech she addressed the news surrounding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has included the resignation of its secretary, Eric Shinseki, following an inspector general's interim report concerning alleged wait time and schedule manipulation. In her remarks about the controversy, Lowey said that veterans should be the best healthcare.
The service included opening and closing prayers, renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America,” taps, and performances from the Ancient Fife & Drum Corps and the Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes and Drums. Additionally, there was a laying of flowers and presentation of wreaths.