Town of North Salem comes together for 2022 Memorial Day parade
The Town of North Salem held its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday morning, a small town affair that brought families, neighbors and friends together to honor the United States military personnel who died while serving in America’s armed forces.
The half-mile parade route started at the corner of Oakridge Road and Route 116 in Purdys and proceeded past Purdys Field before marchers and attendees gathered for a ceremony at The Westchester School.
Several town organizations took part in the parade, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, North Salem Soccer Club, Lions Club, North Salem Improvement Society and North Salem Concert Band as well as the town’s first responders, including the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Croton Falls Fire Department, North Salem Police and town leadership.
This year’s Memorial Day festivities were the most well-attended since before the pandemic, and Town Supervisor Warren Lucas commented in his remarks how nice it was to see so many community members come out to mark the occasion.
Members of Boy Scouts North Salem Troop 1 and Boy Scouts Purdys Troop 4 jointly raised the flags to kick off the somber ceremony. Rev. Tim Wagner delivered the invocation before turning over the mic to Lucas for his remarks.
Lucas thanked Karen Roach and the North Salem Lions Club, and the American Legion for organizing the event. He went on to give a short history about the meaning of Memorial Day, reciting the famous war poem, “In Flanders Fields” by John McRae.
Following the ceremony, parade-goers walked to Purdys Field for hot dogs and refreshments.
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