Lalor Hosts Salute to WWII Vets and Commemoration of 72nd D-Day Anniversary

LaGrange, NY - (6/7/16) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) hosted his 3rd annual ceremony to honor local WWII veterans and commemorate the 72nd anniversary of D-Day yesterday. The event was held at Freedom Park in the Town of LaGrange and 11 WWII veterans were in attendance, along with a crowd of 200. "The veterans who joined us for the ceremony are an important link to our past and honoring their service keeps that connection strong," said Lalor. "Each of them sacrificed to serve our country, stepping away from their own lives for years, to fight for liberty on distant shores. They kept our country free and liberated much of the world. Their triumph over totalitarianism is a testament to the American spirit. It's our great honor to celebrate them and their service. The anniversary of D-Day is an appropriate time to recognize that service. The bravery displayed and sacrifices made on the beaches of France 72 years ago is emblematic of their generation's dedication to our country." Speakers included Town of LaGrange Supervisor Alan Bell, Dutchess County Legislator Marc Coviello, an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, Chrissy Dooley, niece of an American soldier killed on D-Day and buried in Normandy, and keynote speaker NYPD Detective Mark Woods, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. Music was performed by the Hudson Valley Council BSA Band and the Civil Air Patrol Dutchess County Cadet Squadron served as the color guard. Father Robert Repenning, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, led the opening prayer. Boy Scout Troop 180 in Freedom Plains provided volunteers.