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Cortlandt Celebrates Memorial Day Early With Patriotic Ceremony

Guest speaker Army Master Sergeant Debra Lucas discusses her military experiences at the Cortlandt Memorial Day Ceremony on May 24, 2013 at the Morabito Community Center.
Guest speaker Army Master Sergeant Debra Lucas discusses her military experiences at the Cortlandt Memorial Day Ceremony on May 24, 2013 at the Morabito Community Center. Video Credit: peekskilldailyvoice
Congresswoman Nita Lowey was among the speakers at Cortlandt's Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 24, 1013.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey was among the speakers at Cortlandt's Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 24, 1013. Video Credit: peekskilldailyvoice
Linda Puglisi and the Cortlandt Town Board received a plaque honoring their becoming the first Purple Heart town in New York State. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Rabbi Lee Paskind led the invocation. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Assembywoman Sandy Galef also spoke. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Cortlandt Councilman Richard Becker Photo Credit: Art Cusano
State Senator Greg Ball also spoke at Friday's event. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Hudson Valley Veteran's Committee Chairman Willie Nazario also spoke. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Dozens of local veterans attended Friday's ceremony. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Veterans and residents joined elected leaders Friday afternoon to pay tribute to the nation's military sacrifices.

The town's Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Morabito Community Center, and Supervisor Linda Puglisi and the Cortlandt Town Board were joined by Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, State Senator Greg Ball and county legislators John Testa and Catherine Borgia.

The special guest speaker for this year's event was U.S. Army Master Sergeant Debra Lucas, who talked of her service around the globe as an information officer.

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