North Salem holds Memorial Day ceremony

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Community members attend the Memorial Day service in Purdys. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

The North Salem community today honored Memorial Day at the WWII memorial on the site of the former Westchester Exceptional Children’s School in Purdys. Due to COVID, the usual parade and festivities were absent, replaced by a more subdued gathering focused on honoring those who lost their lives protecting our country and recognizing those who served. 

Top row: Army veteran Michael Bonelli, Navy veteran Pat Smith and Air Cavalry veteran Michael E. Wenis. Bottom row: Ellen Louise Wenis, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and Donna Bonelli (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

The ceremony was led by Dr. John O’Hanlon, with remarks from Pastor Tim Wagner of the Croton Falls Community Church, Town Supervisor Warren Lucas and Deputy Town Supervisor Peter Kamenstein.  Other community groups in attendance included the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Croton Falls Fire Department, Boy Scouts members of Troop 4 Purdys, veterans, families and residents.

Salute to the flag. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Town Supervisor Warren Lucas delivers remarks. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Ellen Louise Wenis, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, watches the ceremony. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Veterans observe the ceremony. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Dr. John O'Hanlon delivers remarks. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Pastor Tim Wagner of Croton Falls Community Church delivers remarks. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Members of Troop 4 Purdys raise the flag. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Air Cavalry veteran Michael E. Wenis. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Army veteran Herbert Geller, 99, smiles. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
Ellen Louise Wenis, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, watches the ceremony. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)
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