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Pine Plains residents paid their respects to local veterans at the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday morning, Nov. 11. Photo by Ruth Keeler

Pine Plains honors its veterans

PINE PLAINS — A pleasant fall morning let residents pay tribute to the service and sacrifice made by veterans at the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11.

“We’ve never seen so many people at one of these, so it was very successful,” Pine Plains town Supervisor Darrah Cloud said the next day, adding seeing so many people at the ceremony was “really gratifying.”         

Since the town usually has a larger attendance at its annual Memorial Day event, American Legion Post 426 Cmdr. Marie Stewart also was glad to see the event was “very well-attended.”         

Hosted by the town’s VFW Post 5519 and the American Legion Post 426, the ceremony was held at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the American Legion Hall, at 9 North Main St.

Dressed in honor of the long history of U.S. veterans, the students in Neil Murray’s Living History class at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School came to the ceremony wearing traditional soldier uniforms.         

As part of her brief address to the crowd, Stewart talked about the town’s Hometown Heroes program, which now has 84 banners hanging throughout town, with more on the way. Stewart also told the community about the annual Wreaths Across America program, which has been scheduled for noon at Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 18.

At the ceremony’s conclusion, a few people lingered to sign up to sponsor wreaths that will be laid in the cemetery and on monuments next month to honor local heroes laid to rest there.         

For more information about the program or to sponsor a wreath, contact Carol Hart at 518-398-7056 or via email at carolhart131@aol.com.

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