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Nyack salutes vets at Memorial Day parade

Marching bands, firefighters, soldiers and others make their

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

Children waved U.S. flags as a procession of fire trucks, motorcycles, bands, soldiers and marchers made its way down Nyack's Main Street to Memorial Park as part of the village's Memorial Day parade.

As pipe and drum corps played alongside veteran color guards, marchers handed out flags while others threw candy.

Regina Lynn of Nyack claimed a spot on Main Street with her daughter Christina, who just turned 10. She has extended family serving overseas and said she knows there's more to Memorial Day than marching bands.

"We need to show our support for the military," Lynn said. "They sacrifice so much for us."

Dick Hogan is a Korean War veteran visiting friends in Upper Nyack for the weekend. For him, the sight of soldiers marching in unison brought back some painful memories.

"I lost a lot of friends over there," the 79-year-old said. "A lot of good men."

For some, it was all about the impressive display of firefighting apparatus.

Seven-year-old Josh Gibbons, of Congers, attended the parade with his parents, Rob and Jessica, and waved as fire engines rolled past with lights and sirens blaring. "That's awesome!" he said.

Reggie Maiorano, 90, of Nanuet, is a World War II veteran and served as the parade's grand marshal. The Nyack native led the procession from a Mercedes-Benz festooned with U.S. flags.

"I've been in this parade every year but this is my first time as marshal," he said before the progression got under way. "It's quite the honor."

Nyack Mayor Jen Laird-White and American Legion Post 310 Commander Michael Longuil placed a commemorative wreath in front of the plaque in Memorial Park.

Before the parade, Memorial Day services took place at Oak Hill Cemetery and at Veterans Park on Main Street.

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