MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On Dec. 7, the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, VFW Post 5491 in Mahopac held a remembrance service at the post. Post Chaplain Ray Callinan served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which opened with an invocation from Auxiliary Treasurer Joan Duschanek, serving as chaplain for the ceremony.
Representing the office of County Executive MaryEllen Odell were Chairman of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council Art Hanley and Putnam County Director of Veterans Affairs Karl Rohde. A color guard was represented by three veterans, two of whom actually served in World War II, and the third in Vietnam.
A military style roll call was conducted by Callinan and Commander Bill Jones, in which each sunken ship was called out followed by the response of “absent,” followed by the tolling of bells for each.
A wreath was placed by the water’s edge by Auxiliary President Ann Marie Vicario and Post Adjutant Charlie Diegl in remembrance of the fallen.
Information and photos provided by Maureen Daly.