Before the Memorial Day Remembrance at the Rudy Macina Peace Plaza began at the corner of Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway many of the area veterans who come out each year posed for a group photo.
This Memorial Day Services were done with the same dedication as is each and every year.. While a face in the crowd may change, and the threat of rain may keep a few people away the over 100 people came the Rudy Macina Peace Plaza this Memorial Day who were not disappointed. The rain did not happen, and the memorial services went on as it has each year in precise order.among the spectators were State Senator Jeff Klein, Councilman Mark Gjonaj, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, veterans, and others who assembled to mark the occasion of Memorial Day.
Senator Klein mentioned that every year that each State Senator honors a veteran in Albany. He told the story of a veteran being honored by an upstate senator who fought along side General George Patten. The veteran said that General Patten liked the way he blew things up. Councilman Gjonaj mentioned that with the help of the local elected officials flags will fly on Morris Park Avenue for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day. Assemblyman Benedetto gave his usual speech touting the ways veterans have made the country better. Assemblywoman Fernandez thanked the veterans who were on hand for their service to the country. Several veterans then spoke about various topics, and the flag was raised to Half-Mast in honor of those soldiers who died in combat or have since their armed force days have otherwise passed away. The Rudy Macina Peace Plaza honors soldiers from wars going back to World War One of which there are no longer any living veterans.
Above - Senator Jeff Klein speaks to the veterans assembled crowd.
Below - Councilman Mark Gjonaj Speaks to the veterans and assembled crowd.
Above - Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez speaks at her first Veteran's Day event as an elected official, thanking those who served.
Below - The flag is raised to Half-Mast to honor the fallen soldiers.