After an early morning thunderstorm gave way to hot and humid weather, the Mount Kisco Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Ceremony started as planned at 10:00. While the weather may have kept the crowd to a smaller than usual number, those that attended were witness to a moving speech by a World War II veteran.
Robert Mamlin, a World War II veteran who served under Gen. George S. Patton, described his experiences during the war. One of his war experiences included the liberation of the prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. While some deranged world leaders deny the existence of the Holocaust and the death camps established during World War II, these camps are confirmed by veterans like Mr. Mamlin who described that the experience at Dachau “will live with me until the day I die.” Mr. Mamlin’s description of the atrocities he witnessed brought tears to some members of the crowd.
Mr. Mamlin’s speech truly brought the meaning of Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country, to the minds of those in attendance. All gave some and some gave all, the United States of America and those in many other countries are free today because of the sacrifice veterans have made.
Row 1: Memorial Day Parade Committee Members Bill Stewart and Former Mayor Patricia Reilly; marchers from the American Legion Moses Taylor Jr. Post 136.
Row 2: Mount Kisco Ancients Fife & Drum Corps; Mount Kisco Fire Department; Father Francis Anane from St. Francis of Assisi Church delivering a blessing.
Row 3: Crowd assembled at the War Memorials; Robert Mamlin delivering his speech; U.S. Naval Academy graduates Father Steven Clark and Luke Mannion