2013-05-23 / Front Page

Patriotic Putnam

By Eric Gross

Carmel-Mahopac Senior Citizens enjoy Monday’s festivities in Mahopac. Photo / Eric GrossCarmel-Mahopac Senior Citizens enjoy Monday’s festivities in Mahopac. Photo / Eric Gross

Red, white and blue was most evident over the long holiday weekend as Putnam County’s patriotism shone during a variety of Memorial Day observances.

From the laying of wreaths to the unfurling of Old Glory; from parades containing marching bands to patriotic speeches; and from the return of American heroes serving overseas to heroes who served in past conflicts, the county’s veterans were saluted for keeping America the beacon of hope, freedom and justice in the free world.

Memorial Day observances were held in Brewster, Cold Spring, Carmel, Lake Carmel, Kent, Mahopac, Patterson, Putnam Lake and Putnam Valley.

The internationally acclaimed BHS Marching Band is in perfect step. Photo / Eric GrossThe internationally acclaimed BHS Marching Band is in perfect step. Photo / Eric Gross

County Executive Mary Ellen Odell told several of the weekend gatherings: “Because of our veterans, we are a free people—free to love each other; to enjoy holiday barbecues and free to educate our children while practicing the religion of our choice. We are proud of all the sacrifices veterans have made for us.”

 Karl Rohde, Putnam’s Director of Veteran’s Affairs put it this way: “There are five reasons why America is the greatest country on earth: Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.”

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"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~Norman Vincent Peale