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Irvington Celebrates Memorial Day With Parade

Ruth Egloff was one of many Irvington residents who came to watch Monday’s Memorial Day Parade - a tradition she loves. “We’ve always enjoyed it, and the kids enjoyed it,” she said. The Main Street Memorials service kicked off Irvington’s Memorial Day Parade. During the short service, wreaths were placed on the monuments to honor those who fought in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Smith also placed a wreath to honor the Village of Irvington. Irvington Mayor Brian Smith welcomed a crowd in front of the Main Street Memorials on a sunny Monday morning and urged them to remember Memorial Day as a “solemn day.” “By being here, we are not forgetting” Smith said. Clergy from various denominations prayed for peace during the opening ceremony. “When will our leaders learn that war is useless," Father Raymond Byrne of the Immaculate Conception Church said during the invocation. “Let peace be the theme of this Memorial Day.” Egloff watched the parade with her daughters Heidi Zatkovich and Gretchen Egloff and her two grandchildren, Juliana, 21/2, and Adriana, 3 months. Egloff has been coming to the annual parade since Heidi and Gretchen were High School students marching in it themselves. It’s a nice community event, she said. The parade began on Main Street, continued onto Broadway and then turned on Dows Lane to Memorial Park. Parade marchers included the Tarrytowns' VFW Drums and Bugle Corps, the Irvington High School Band, veterans, police and firefighers. Another ceremony took place in Memorial Park to honor fallen police officers and firefighters, as well as veterans.

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