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Dutchess County Honors Those Who Gave All

Published: 5/17/2016

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro and Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret), Director of the Dutchess County’s Division of Veterans Services, invite Dutchess County residents to participate in two special Memorial Day ceremonies to be held on Memorial Day Eve and Memorial Day.

On Sunday, May 29th at 8 p.m., a ceremony and vigil will be held on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in honor of those who gave their lives in defense of our great nation. The event will be held at the flag pole in the center of the Walkway and will feature a flag ceremony with the Pleasant Valley American Legion and Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars. A retired flag presentation will be performed, and members of Buglers Across America will play “Taps.” In addition, The Hudson Valley Alumni Guard and The 20th Century Limited Drum and Bugle Corps Honor Guard will be in attendance. The public is invited to participate by bringing a flashlight, glow stick or other non-flammable lighted object to light up the Walkway with a special Sunset Illumination Vigil.

At 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, Dutchess County will host a tribute ceremony to the men and women of Dutchess County who lost their lives during military service at the Dutchess County War Memorial at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Local Boy Scouts will participate in the tribute, as will County Executive Molinaro, the guest speaker.

For more information, contact Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at (845) 486-2060 or visit