Services honor the fallen

The honor guard from the Army National Guard 109th Infantry Regiment, New Milford, stands together with veterans and local leaders a Memorial Day service at the Great Bend Welcome Center memorial, dedicated in honor of the local 109th Infantry soldiers who were killed in Iraq in 2005. Kneeling, left: SSG Roger Stone. Standing: Thomas Yadlosky Jr., Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Commissioner Mary Ann Warren; parents of fallen soldier Staff Sgt. Daniel Arnold, Kendall and Janet Arnold; Al Aronowitz; and Pastor Gary Haskell; and. Sgt Amos Dixon, SFC Joshua Matulevich; Spc. Justin Baker; Spc. Bryan O’Donnell; Sgt. Damon Sandle; Pvt. Daniel Solomon. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

Hundred of people gathered in Montrose Monday for the Memorial Day service and wreath presentation honoring those who have fallen in service to theUnited States.

Lt. Colonel (Retired U.S. Army) Patrick Miner served as the featured speaker in Montrose.

Miner, son of Montrose VFW Commander John Miner, thanked family members of soldiers and spoke about the Civil War memorial on the Green where the ceremony took place.

“Go ahead and celebrate, yes, but take a moment to reflect,” Miner said.

Rachael Grosvenor, of Brooklyn Twp., winner of the Voice of Democracy essay contest read her entry to the crowd with the title, “Is there pride in serving in the military?”

Grosvenor read, “Those VFWs of the past, as well as those serving today, feel a great pride and privilege to be protecting the country that they love.”

Local elected officials and representatives from veteran and community organizations stand behind the Memorial wreaths they were presenting during the service held Monday on the Green in Montrose. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

“So when you ask me if there is pride in serving our military, I will answer with a very adamant ‘yes.’ It can be proven just by taking a look at what all of those serving are willing to give up… by all those who died in the service of our country,” she said.

Anastasia Hester was the winner of district level Patriot’s Pen contest.

Montrose parade entry winners were the Sea Scouts; Boy Scout Troop 88; and United Fire Company, Montrose. The Commander’s Choice award went to the MontroseDARChapter.

Staff writer Pat Farnelli contributed to this report.

Members of the Great Bend VFW and Hallstead American Legion led the Memorial Day parade, Monday, on New York Ave., Hallstead. The parade was followed by a service at the American Legion Post’s memorial. Services were also held in New Milford and Great Bend on Monday. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON