White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, in cooperation with the Mayor’s Veterans Committee observed the traditional of the City’s annual Memorial Day Commemoration this morning with a WPCNR estimiate of over 100 citizens, city uniformed personnel, and citizens and servicemen this morning. By far it was the most-attended observance this reporter has seen in 21 years. The crowd filled half of the Ebersole Rink.
The names of White Plains citizens who died in past wars, 9/11, and of covid-care providers were read aloud.
Mayor Roach said in his announcement , “Memorial Day remains as relevant today as when it was first enacted in memory of the soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Great sacrifices are made every day by the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services. Their sacrifices remind us anew to be grateful for all that we have as a community and a country.”
During the past year of tremendous upheaval and loss, we also remember the 12,000 recorded deaths of veterans from COVID-19.
Deceased honorees this year are Malcolm Baehr and Jack Collins. Both served on the Mayor’s Veterans Committee for many years. They were incredibly proud of their time served in the armed forces and dedicated themselves to honoring all veterans respectfully in our community.