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Mount Pleasant Honors Those Who Served

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Men and women who served in military service gathered Friday outside of the Thornwood Chamber of Commerce in honor of Veterans Day.

Members of the Thornwood American Legion held its annual ceremony to pay respects to all those who have served past and present.  They were joined by many members of the community. County Executive Rob Astorino attended and spoke of the importance of young people paying their respects to all veterans.

“If there’s something I could ask of the youth today, besides thanking them, which should be done every day, is to take the time to talk to veterans and ask them what it was like,” Astorino said.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Maj. Kathleen Silvia, a graduate of the first co-ed class at West Point and the first female Battery Commander in the U.S. Army.  Silvia said it’s important that veterans are not just honored on this special day.

“We need to figure out ways in which we can honor these veterans in the other 364 days in the year,” Silvia said.  “They have made a major difference in our lives, let’s make a difference in theirs.”

The ceremony was led by Mount Pleasant Town Justice Robert Ponzini, a veteran himself.  Ponzini was joined by other members of the Mount Pleasant such as Town Supervisor Joan Maybury, Councilman Carl Fulgenzi and former Town Supervisor and current County Attorney Robert Meehan.

Drew McFadden, post leader of the Thornwood American Legion, read quotes honoring fallen veterans and a benediction concluded the ceremony before members and guests marched back to the Thornwood post on Garrigan Avenue.

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