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Members of the American Legion Post 135 in (Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Members of the American Legion Post 135 in White Plains march in the annual White Plains community Memorial Day parade on South Broadway. (May 28, 2012)

Memorial Day weekend

Parades and events are under way across the Hudson Valley in honor of Memorial Day. (May 27, 2012)

Members of the American Legion Post 135 in
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Members of the American Legion Post 135 in White Plains march in the annual White Plains community Memorial Day parade on South Broadway. (May 28, 2012)

Cheeleaders from the Jerome Bump Robinson Drum Corps
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Cheeleaders from the Jerome Bump Robinson Drum Corps perform at the annual White Plains community Memorial Day parade on South Broadway. (May 28, 2012)

The Sam H. Dow Fife and Drum Corps
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

The Sam H. Dow Fife and Drum Corps performs in the annual White Plains community Memorial Day parade on South Broadway. (May 28, 2012)

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Members of the American Legion Post 1271 salute
(Credit: Jim Alcorn)

Members of the American Legion Post 1271 salute in honor of those killed in war after the presentation of wreaths at the War Memorial in Tappan. (May 28, 2012)

Ashlei Doughty of Mount Vernon dances with the
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Ashlei Doughty of Mount Vernon dances with the Revelators down Gramatan Avenue in the 2012 Mount Vernon Memorial Day Parade. (May 28, 2012)

From right, Amore Austin, Ashai Lewis and Gracee
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

From right, Amore Austin, Ashai Lewis and Gracee Rogers, all of Mount Vernon, wave flags as the Mount Vernon 2012 Memorial Day Parade begins on Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon. (May 28, 2012)

Ellie Monge, of Mount Vernon, decks out her
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Ellie Monge, of Mount Vernon, decks out her dog, Bailey Boo, in patriotic colors for the Memorial Day parade in Mount Vernon. (May 28, 2012)

Da'Ruis White, 3, of Mount Vernon, dances to
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Da'Ruis White, 3, of Mount Vernon, dances to a percussion rendition of Bel Biv Devoe's song "Poison" at the 2012 Memorial Day parade in Mount Vernon. (May 28, 2012)

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Marching bands, firefighters, soldiers and others make their
(Credit: Christian Wade)

Marching bands, firefighters, soldiers and others make their way down Nyack's Main Street for the village's Memorial Day parade. (May 28, 2012)

Marching bands, firefighters, soldiers and others make their
(Credit: Christian Wade)

Marching bands, firefighters, soldiers and others make their way down Nyack's Main Street for the village's Memorial Day parade. (May 28, 2012)

A somber salute for the fallen is made
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

A somber salute for the fallen is made while taps plays during the concluding ceremony at the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade. The event is sponsored by the James Daley VFW Post 200. (May 27, 2012)

Eleanor McGinigle, left, and Anne Schnibbe of the
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Eleanor McGinigle, left, and Anne Schnibbe of the Beatrice Gorman VFW Post Auxiliary observe a moment of silence during a benediction at the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade. (May 27, 2012)

Military personnel observe the concluding ceremony at the
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Military personnel observe the concluding ceremony at the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade. The event is sponsored by the James Daley VFW Post 200. (May 27, 2012)

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Jim Pasornello, a veteran and member of VFW
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Jim Pasornello, a veteran and member of VFW Post 200 rides in a jeep in the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day Parade. The event is sponsored by the James Daley VFW Post 200. (May 27, 2012)

Spectators watch the Tarrytown Fife and Drum Bugle
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Spectators watch the Tarrytown Fife and Drum Bugle Corps at the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade. (May 27, 2012)

Marines from the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, based
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Marines from the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., march Sunday in the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade. (May 27, 2012)

Spectators watch the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Spectators watch the annual Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day parade Sunday on a hot, sunny day. (May 27, 2012)

Anthony Tufo 14, of Tarrytown, and Sonia Criolino,10,
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Anthony Tufo 14, of Tarrytown, and Sonia Criolino,10, of Ossining, members of the Young Marines of White Plains, serve food at a free barbeque Sunday during Rye Playland's fifth annual Veterans and Service Member Appreciation Day. (May 27, 2012)

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Marines from the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, based
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Marines from the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. participate in the fifth annual Rye Playland Veteran and Service Member Appreciation Day. (May 27, 2012)

Eastchester veterans Joe Mammana, left, and Bob Foster
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Eastchester veterans Joe Mammana, left, and Bob Foster listen to a show choir performance before conducting a rifle demonstration at the fifth annual Rye Playland Veteran and Service Member Appreciation Day. (May 27, 2012)

About 100 people gather Sunday at the Rockland
(Credit: Christian Wade)

About 100 people gather Sunday at the Rockland County Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead to pay tribute to the nation's war dead. (May 27, 2012)

Residents of Congers celebrate Memorial Day with a
(Credit: John Meore)

Residents of Congers celebrate Memorial Day with a parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and
(Credit: John Meore)

Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex, ride in a vintage Army jeep as Congers residents celebrate Memorial Day with a parade in her honor. (May 26, 2012)

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Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and
(Credit: John Meore)

Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex, ride in a vintage Army jeep as Congers residents celebrate Memorial Day with a parade in her honor. (May 26, 2012)

The Marching Band from the Felix V. Festa
(Credit: John Meore)

The Marching Band from the Felix V. Festa Middle School performs in the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

The Felix V. Festa Middle School marching band
(Credit: John Meore)

The Felix V. Festa Middle School marching band performs at the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

A vintage police car joins the parade as
(Credit: John Meore)

A vintage police car joins the parade as Congers residents celebrate Memorial Day with a parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

The Clarkstown police honor guard marches as Congers
(Credit: John Meore)

The Clarkstown police honor guard marches as Congers commemorates Memorial Day with a parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

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The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War
(Credit: John Meore)

The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Julie Upton of Nyack and Trinity Ludemo, 11,
(Credit: John Meore)

Julie Upton of Nyack and Trinity Ludemo, 11, of Tappan, enjoy some music before the start of Congers' Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War
(Credit: John Meore)

The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War
(Credit: John Meore)

The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Nicole Caselli and Helen Zelner of Congers at
(Credit: John Meore)

Nicole Caselli and Helen Zelner of Congers at the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

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The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War
(Credit: John Meore)

The Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Alyssa Holland and her daughter Madison, 4, of
(Credit: John Meore)

Alyssa Holland and her daughter Madison, 4, of Congers, at the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

The Felix V. Festa Middle School Band performs
(Credit: John Meore)

The Felix V. Festa Middle School Band performs at the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Nelson Diaz sells pretzels to paradegoers at the
(Credit: John Meore)

Nelson Diaz sells pretzels to paradegoers at the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Tappan Zee Bridgemen trombonist Kevin Quigley, of Cortlandt
(Credit: John Meore)

Tappan Zee Bridgemen trombonist Kevin Quigley, of Cortlandt Manor, warms up before the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

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Enzo Servidio, 3, and his brother Rocco, 5,
(Credit: John Meore)

Enzo Servidio, 3, and his brother Rocco, 5, enjoy the view with Bob Faehndrich at the Congers Memorial Day parade honoring Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her dog, Sgt. Rex. (May 26, 2012)

Memorial Day weekend travelers head north on the
(Credit: John Meore)

Memorial Day weekend travelers head north on the New York State Thruway near Tuxedo. (May 25, 2012)

Memorial Day weekend travelers head north on the
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Memorial Day weekend travelers head north on the Hutchinson River Parkway just south of the Mamaroneck Avenue exit. (May 25, 2012)

Korean War veteran David Oringer of Spring Valley
(Credit: John Meore)

Korean War veteran David Oringer of Spring Valley sells Memorial Day poppies in support of veterans on Route 59 in Airmont. (May 25, 2012)

Visitors come to the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans
(Credit: John Meore)

Visitors come to the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Rockland in Pomona to place flowers and flags. More than 4,000 American flags are placed at veterans' gravesites by Rockland County employees. (May 25, 2012)

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A visitor cleans a gravestone at the Frederick
(Credit: John Meore)

A visitor cleans a gravestone at the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Rockland in Pomona. (May 25, 2012)

Rockland County employee Steve Crow, of Westtown, places
(Credit: John Meore)

Rockland County employee Steve Crow, of Westtown, places flags in preparation for Memorial Day. More than 4,000 U.S. flags are placed at veterans' grave sites by county employees at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead. (May 25, 2012)

More than 4,000 American flags are placed at
(Credit: John Meore)

More than 4,000 American flags are placed at veterans' gravesites by Rockland County employees in the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Rockland in Pomona. (May 25, 2012)

A contingent from the Veterans of Foreign Wars
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

A contingent from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 375 in Yonkers marches in the Yonkers Memorial Day parade Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

A contingent of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

A contingent of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 375 in Yonkers participates in the Yonkers Memorial Day parade on Radford Street that continued along South Broadway Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

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The marching band from Aquinas High School in
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

The marching band from Aquinas High School in the Bronx performs in the Yonkers Memorial Day parade Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Ninivea Romero of Yonkers, holds a sign Sunday
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Ninivea Romero of Yonkers, holds a sign Sunday in recognition of local veterans along the route of the Yonkers Memorial Day parade. (May 20, 2012)

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