A star-spangled MIllerton Memorial Day
MILLERTON â€” 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 â€œremember the fallen in solemn graveyard services and ceremonies,â€ 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 â€œIt 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.â€
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.
â€œItâ€™s special to us because our father is in the Army,â€ said Corina Klay, who watched the parade with her 2-year-old daughter, Kaitlin. â€œHeâ€™s just come back from deployment and is going back again, so itâ€™s very important to us.â€