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A star-spangled MIllerton Memorial Day

MILLERTON — Flags of all sizes waved atop poles and fluttered in the hands of the young and old Monday in honor of Memorial Day in Millerton.

A parade kicked off on Century Boulevard, headed down Main Street to the Irondale Cemetery for a brief ceremony before returning to Veterans Park for ceremonies including remarks from keynote speaker Maj. Vincent Heintz, U.S. Army.

Heintz pointed out the seeming contradiction of Memorial Day; an opportunity to “remember the fallen in solemn graveyard services and ceremonies,” but also a day off from work, a weekend of picnics, pleasant companies and the heralding in of the summer season.

Still, the major concluded that “It is good to celebrate, but only right to do so if we remain mindful of the sacrifices of the fallen and the enduring grief of their families.”

As in previous years, American Legion Post 178 honored those who have given their lives in service, and a special tribute was paid to Pvt. Martin Dean, who went to school in Millerton and was killed in Korea in 1951.

“It’s special to us because our father is in the Army,” said Corina Klay, who watched the parade with her 2-year-old daughter, Kaitlin. “He’s just come back from deployment and is going back again, so it’s very important to us.”

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