A local Boy Scout helps Poughkeepsie Town Supervisor Jon Baisley
place a wreathe
at the Dutchess County War Memorial
POUGHKEEPSIE – Dozens gathered at the Dutchess County War Memorial
Poughkeepsie to mark Veterans Day in honor of local military veterans.
Throughout the ceremony, all who spoke offered their thanks to both veterans
and people in the community who show their support for the military.
This year’s guest speaker was State Senator Sue Serino, who also
took part in the wreath laying over the memorial. She praised the community’s
efforts, especially those of local high school students, in honoring veterans
in the week leading up to Veterans Day.
“There were 35 students out at John Jay High School setting up the
flag at 5:30 in the morning. How awesome is that?” she said. “It’s
so important to engage our young children.”
Poughkeepsie Town Supervisor Jon Baisley gave welcoming remarks for the
“Veterans Day is a special day in everybody’s heart,”
he said. “These ladies and gentlemen are the ones who have made
us and this country who we are today. Without these people, we wouldn’t
be standing here doing what we’re doing.”
Serino spoke highly of Nelson Eddy Rivera, who served in the U.S. Navy
and is now set to retire from his post as the director of the Dutchess
County Veterans’ Services department in January.
Rivera offered his own remarks in response.
“It’s with heartbreak that I do this,” he said of his
retirement. “You don’t know what you veterans mean to me and
Christina [his wife]. We live and breathe you guys every day. We love
what we do; we live in a free world because of what you have done.”
Kelle Farinacci of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community
Health performed the National Anthem, “Amazing Grace” and
“God Bless America” for all who attended. Other guests included
the Poughkeepsie High School Air Force JROTC and Pastor Michael Grazioso
of the Full Gospel Center in Lagrangeville.
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