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Rye Honors Veterans, Remembers the Lost

RYE, N.Y.- Veterans Day means so much for World War II veteran and Rye resident Frank Visci.

“We lost a lot of men and it means a lot to me," said Visci.

Rye held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on the Village Green outside City Hall.  Mayor Douglas French, County Legislator George Latimer and members of the Rye American Legion conducted the ceremony.

“I think it says a lot that our community has come out to pay tribute to this day,” said French. “It's a great reflection of our community as we stand together as one.”

For Robert Rothman, a rabbi and a former chaplain in the Navy attached to the third Marines and the Coast Guard, Veterans Day is a time to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives.

“They sacrificed so much for their country, for the principles of which this country stands and are recognized and honored,” said Rothman.

Tom Saunders, a past commander of Rye American Legion Post, said Veterans Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness about the needs of veterans.

“We need to keep the public consciousness raised that these people need help and some of their benefits and retirements are in jeopardy due to the economy and the political climate and we have to advocate for them in every way we can,” said Saunders.

Carol D’Angelo, a teacher who grew up in Rye and now lives in White Plains, said her father and many uncles were veterans.

“I think it’s an important day to remember what they’ve done for our country and for the young men that are serving now," she said. "Too many lives have been lost—the war in Afghanistan and Iraq started out as a noble cause I think it’s a part of the world that’s in turmoil and we lost too many young lives and it’s a good thing that they’re coming home.”

Nancy Somma, a Rye resident, attended the ceremony because her husband served during the Vietnam War, her father served at Pearl Harbor, and her son is currently serving as commander in the Coast Guard.

“It’s a very important day to recognize the service of these men and women who give up themselves for their country,” said Somma.

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