MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On Monday, May 27, Mahopac honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with a Memorial Day parade, followed by a service at the Memorial Circle.
The parade began at Clark Place and proceeded to the monument on East Lake Boulevard. Supervisor Ken Schmitt, county legislators Neil Sullivan and Amy Sayegh, Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari, Deacon John Scarfi of St. John the Evangelist Church, members of Mahopac VFW Post 5491 and American Legion Post 1080 and their auxiliaries, Girl Scout Troops 1140 and 1410, Boy Scout Troops 371 and 271, the Mahopac High School band, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls fire departments, Catholic Daughters of America, and the Italian American Club all took part. Also featured was American Legion Poppy Girl, Savannah Preikschat.
Master of Ceremonies Bill Duschaneck introduced Deacon Scarfi, who gave an invocation, followed by speeches from the various elected officials and the commanders of American Legion 1080 and VFW 5491.
In his remarks, Ben Boccia, commander of VFW 5491 said, “It is up to all Americans to let our veterans know that we will never forget the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom and that we will support them always.”
Boccia added that we must also remember our veterans who are disabled, those that are in hospitals, and the homeless.
“It is up to all of us to support veteran programs so that the entitlements that we promised to them are never taken away,” he said.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, singer Maire McVicker sang, and the Boy and Girl Scouts were invited inside the circle.
Afterward, the American Legion and the VFW conducted military-style rollcalls to honor and remember deceased members. A patriotic boat parade followed, with flags waving and “Taps” blaring.