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Greenport ceremony honors fallen soldiers

Flowers float on the current after being thrown

Flowers float on the current after being thrown into the harbor during a Memorial Day celebration in Greenport. Dozens participated in the annual Greenport event. (May 30, 2011) Photo Credit: Lisa Finn

In a moving Memorial Day tribute, members of Greenport’s Scout troops marched in a parade Monday and tossed colorful flowers into the harbor to honor those who lost their lives serving the nation.

After the parade, Craig Richter, commander of the local American Legion, led a heartfelt memorial service as the Scouts sang “Nearer My God to Thee” and "Taps" was played.

“This parade is all about Greenport,” Mayor David Nyce said. “It’s all local.”

He added, the ceremony “is the most moving I’ve been to. The first time I attended, I was bawling.”

Dozens turned out for the 8 a.m. Memorial Day event.

“It’s important that the children get a sense of what this holiday is all about,” said Will Donahue, assistant Cubmaster of Cub Pack 51. “So many adults don’t have a clue. It’s about honoring our fallen servicemen and women. This holiday is not about fireworks. It’s a somber day.”

As the flowers drifted away, Richter offered a blessing for fallen soldiers and a benediction for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice: “May their deaths not have been in vain.”

Photo: Flowers float on the current after  being thrown into the  harbor during a Memorial Day celebration in Greenport.  Dozens participated in the annual Greenport event. (May 30, 2011)

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