Mahopac Honors its War Dead with Memorial Day Services

American Legion 1080 Commander David Carrido and VFW 5491 Commander Ben Boccia place the wreaths outside town hall Credits: All photos by Maureen Daly
Color Guards of American Legion 1080 and VFW 5491 respectively; at attention
Members of the VFW Color Guard; left to right - Fred Wennberg; Lou Priekschet; Nick Mucciarone; Charles Monte; Anthony DelDuco; and Jim Joslin.
Members of American Legion 1080 color guard - John Scerra; John Tegeder; Frank Albano; and Chuck Miller
Jack Zheng of the U.S. Air Force
Members of the Auxilary to VFW 5491
American Legion 1080 Adjutant Ted Martine; Commander David Carrido and Chaplain Sonny Robitaille
Carmel Town Councilman Frank Lombardi; World War 2 veteran Ray Matthews; Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt; World War 2 veteran Mario Porto; and Putnam County Judge James Reitz
Master of Ceremonies Bill Duschaneck looks on as Deacon John Scarfi gives the invocation
Mahopac Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts take part in the ceremonies.
Supervisor Ken Schmitt addresses the crowd.
Auxiliary Trustee Mary Monte reads the names of deceased members of the VFW 5491 Auxiliary to President Ann Marie Vicario, who responds "absent."

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The inclement weather on Monday canceled the annual Memorial Day parade, but ceremonies honoring America’s war dead were moved inside the Town Hall.

Master of Ceremonies Bill Duschaneck introduced dignitaries that included the Putnam County executive’s chief of staff, Trisha Simone; Putnam County Judge Jim Reitz; Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt; Councilman Frank Lombardi; and Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis.  Deacon John Scarfi of St. John the Evangelist Church led the invocation. Color Guards from VFW Post 5491 and American Legion Post 1080 led the procession into the hall, followed by members of the Mahopac and Mahopac Falls fire departments, Boy Scout Troop 371 and Cub Scout Pack 271, as well as Girl Scouts from troops 1140, 1286, 1597, 1139, and 2021.

VFW 5491 Commander Ben Boccia said, in his remarks, “149 years ago, one of America’s greatest traditions was started.  It was called Decoration Day, a day to decorate the graves of our comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice. We must support our troops. A day should not go by that we don’t thank them for they are risking their lives so that we may continue to live the American dream for years to come.”

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Dave Carrido, the commander of American Legion Post 1080, spoke of the threats we face today.

“Our fallen have given what Lincoln called their ‘last full measure of devotion.’ They did it to serve America. They did it to serve us.”

The town ceremony was followed by separate ceremonies held at VFW 5491 and American Legion 1080 to honor their deceased members. 

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