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Photos: WWI Regiment Honored At Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

New York Guard Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Augustin L. DePalma, Staff Sergeant Louis DiGiannantonio, Specialist Carson W. Thompson, and Private Robert L. Freeman flanked by New York DEP Police officers, form a color guard during a memorial ceremony.
New York Guard Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Augustin L. DePalma, Staff Sergeant Louis DiGiannantonio, Specialist Carson W. Thompson, and Private Robert L. Freeman flanked by New York DEP Police officers, form a color guard during a memorial ceremony. Photo Credit: NYG Photo by Specialist David Grate/Released
Private Rashid A. Grant, Private 1st Class Jennifer Ferrero, Private Kalib M. Shervington, and Private First Class Michael J. Segreto prepare to participate in the 95th Annual First Provisional Regiment Memorial Ceremony in Sleepy Hollow.
Private Rashid A. Grant, Private 1st Class Jennifer Ferrero, Private Kalib M. Shervington, and Private First Class Michael J. Segreto prepare to participate in the 95th Annual First Provisional Regiment Memorial Ceremony in Sleepy Hollow. Photo Credit: NYG Photo by Specialist David Grate/Released

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The legacy of the New York Guard's First Provisional Regiment continues today, more than 90 years after it guarded the New York City reservoir system during World War I.

Members of the New York Guard’s 56th Brigade and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection gathered last weekend at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to honor the men who served in the First Provisional Regiment of the New York Guard during World War I.

The 1,200-man regiment patrolled 98 miles of aqueducts between Kingston and Yonkers to ensure that New York City and its surrounding communities had access to water between 1917 and 1919.

Regiment volunteers included veterans and men and boys who were not eligible to serve overseas; 40 members died from Spanish Influenza.

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