RYE, N.Y. Residents, dignitaries and war veterans gathered on the Village Green in Rye on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
"We are here today to remember those who gave their tomorrows so we can have today," George Sczcerba, commander of American Legion Post 128, said Monday.
Our fallen war heroes cannot get enough praise when it comes to the sacrifice they made, Mayor Doug French said. As mayor, he said he gets invited to many events around the city but none is as "profound" as this one. It means a lot to him that members of all generations attended, French said.
"On Memorial Day, we look back to the past. But we see the circle of life with the wars today," French said. "Over 1 million servicemen and women have died in the line of duty, and each has their own story that defines America. They fight to keep us safe and make sure that our children can grow up in a strong America."
On hand to salute the deceased was Benjamin Patton, grandson of legendary World War II Gen. George S. Patton. A documentary filmmaker specializing in military and veteran films, Patton said all veterans, especially those who died in combat, deserve all the applause in the world and then some.
"It is as easy as breathing to thank a veteran," Patton said. "Please do it everyday whenever you can.
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