Story by Benjamin Tate
The Arthur Finnegan American Legion Post #1443 hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony on Mon., May 27 in Greenwood Lake. Participants included members of Boy Scout Troop 121, the Girl Scouts, the EMTs, the Police Department, and Warwick judge Nancy D’Angelo. Richard Brennan, the scoutmaster for Troop 121, said that it was a good opportunity for the Scouts of his troop to honor the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.
The service began with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble of the Constitution of the American Legions. Reverend Robert Sweeney, of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, led the assembly in a prayer for lost soldiers. Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, a man who has family members who have served in the military, proclaimed soldiers as heroes. Annmarie Sabarese, president of the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary, read a list of names of soldiers who died in wars.
The ceremony then moved outside where a rifle salute echoed over the lake. Wreaths were laid on statues, including one for Lance Cpl. Scott Lynch, a U.S. Marine who was deployed in Afghanistan and died there. His father, James Lynch, had the special privilege of placing a wreath beside it. Both the American flag and the POW-MIA flag, which flew at half-staff at the beginning of ceremony, were now raised in tribute to all who have sacrificed their lives for our country.
Following the ceremony, attendees were invited to the cookout of hamburgers and hotdogs.
For Gerald Brewer, the commander of the Legion, who served four years in the Vietnam War, the ceremony was all about honoring and remembering the fallen warriors.