Memorial day is when we remember those who entered our country’s service, but never left it. Since 1776, millions have answered our country’s call and almost 1 ½ million never returned.
Over the years, our Village has sought to honor those from our community who served. Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, the Village has hung banners listing the names of those who have died in the line of duty.
Our latest initiative comes from a partnership between our Department of Public Works and the Croton Veterans Council. It’s inspired by the Hometown Heroes banner project who can be found in a number of Hudson Valley communities.
Later this year, we will plan on hanging banners honoring our living veterans for their service in addition to the memorial banners that have already gone up. In addition, we will offer friends and families the opportunity to sponsor banners of individuals from the Croton community who have or are currently serving in the armed forces.
It’s important that veterans from all branches of service who served during the wars and military actions throughout our history be appreciated. As we work toward a peaceful future, in which war is a memory and our families and our communities no longer know the sorrow of losing sons and daughters, we must continue to remember and honor those who served and sacrificed.
Brian Pugh, Mayor