CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – More than 50 village residents gathered at the Five Corners to honor veterans during a cool and windy Veterans Day morning Friday. Local elected officials and members of Croton’s Fox Eckloff VFW Post spoke about the importantance of honoring veterans.
“After 10 years of being in it, I’ve always had a respect, but a greater respect,” said Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran William Jones.
Charlie Krachy, a veteran from the Vietnam war era, said being a veteran forms a lifelong bond.
“I’ll always remember guys that were on the ship with me,” said Krachy.
Christine Turturro sang, “America the Beautiful,” as her grandfather, a World War II veteran, stood as a color bearer in the ceremony. Local girl scouts baked an overabundance of cookies to give the veterans and presented them during the ceremony.
Croton Mayor Leo Wiegman, Cortlandt councilwoman Ann Lindau and Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi were present for the ceremony, presented by veteran Pat Calcutti.
“I am honored to be part of a community that reflects on the important of our veterans,” said Puglisi, who herself is the daughter of a veteran.