Story by Kristina Hoti
On this rainy Memorial Day morning, Mon., May 29, the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Memorial Post #16 and the community of Pine Island remembered fallen heroes with a mass at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and a touching ceremony under the shelter of the PLAV Pavilion.
Despite the rain shortening the parade to just the brief march from the church to the pavilion, a sizeable group gathered to attend the ceremony and then enjoyed refreshments in the church.
In his opening remarks, Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton spoke of those lost, and reminded everyone that, “we get to enjoy today, because they sacrificed.”
Joining the parade was NYS Trooper Maryelena Moran, with a rider-less horse named, Gunner, in memory of soldiers fallen in battle. Boots were reversed in Gunner’s stirrups, to symbolize a soldier’s last look as he or she leaves the earth.
Gunner was rescued by Moran this past January, as a part of her organization, From Kill Pen to Cavalry, and trained to work with a mounted patrol unit.