Rain fails to dampen spirit of Memorial Day

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WWII vets Mario Porto, 93 (left) and Ray Matthews, 90

PUTNAM COUNTY – Memorial Day, the day set aside to remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country and freedom, wasn’t diminished in any way Monday despite inclement weather.
Large crowds attended Memorial Day observances inside Carmel Town Hall in Mahopac, Brewster VFW headquarters in Southeast, Putnam Lake and Patterson Veterans Halls and in facilities in Putnam Valley. Only in Cold Spring did a parade take place.
On Sunday, traditional ceremonies took place in Lake Carmel and Carmel and this evening (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. a traditional Memorial Day observance will take place at the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park in Kent.
Amidst the red, white and blue of Old Glory, the theme of Memorial Day was recited time and time again: “We honor the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who gave their lives to protect our country–to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to their families, we thank you!”