MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, a Veterans Day ceremony was held at Memorial Circle on East Lake Boulevard in Mahopac. 

Beginning with a short parade from the VFW headquarters to the circle, the event included participation from VFW 5491 and its Auxiliary, American Legion Post 1080, its Auxiliary and Sons, Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt, Councilwoman Suzi McDonough, Police Chief Mike Cazzari, Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls fire departments, Boy and Cub Scout Troops 371, 271 and 71, and Girl Scout Troops 1139, 1120, 1566 and 2479.

Bill Duschaneck was the master of ceremonies for the event, which opened with an invocation delivered by VFW 5491 Chaplain Ray Callinan, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. Speeches were made by Anthony DelDuco of VFW 5491 and James Hosford, commander of American Legion Post 1080.

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“Thank you to my fellow veterans for all that you have sacrificed to make this country great and thank you to our first responders for keeping our community safe and protected,” DelDuco said in his remarks to the crowd.

Master of Ceremonies Bill Duschaneck led the Scouts in a rendition of “God Bless America,” followed by a closing prayer from VFW 5491 Chaplain Ray Callinan. Afterward, all were invited to return to the VFW post, where refreshments were served and state Sen. Pete Harckham stopped by to say hello. Mark Badolato and Ajith Thomas, administrators of the Paramount Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Somers, were on hand to deliver pies to the veterans. 

 “I was honored to attend and participate in the Veterans Day ceremonies,” Supervisor Schmitt said after the ceremony. “Each and every day we should thank our military veterans for their service and sacrifices to our great nation. I would also like to thank our local veterans’ organizations—the VFW and American Legion, for all they do for our community.”