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Celebrate Memorial Day In Mount Vernon

Sergeant First Class Duwan Martin, a Mount Vernon resident, will be the keynote speaker on Monday.
Sergeant First Class Duwan Martin, a Mount Vernon resident, will be the keynote speaker on Monday. Photo Credit: cmvny.com

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – There is a busy day of events planned in Mount Vernon to celebrate current and former members of the armed services during Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Ernest Davis and the Mount Vernon Central Committee for Veterans affairs will kick off the day with a wreath laying ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on the Plaza of City Hall, followed by a parade that will kick off an hour later.

A police escort will lead this year’s Grand Marshal, Anthony Frusciante, the chairman of the Committee for Veterans Affairs.

Participants in the parade will consist of city, state and national representatives, as well as veteran’s groups, civic organizations and members of the various boards that represent Mount Vernon residents. All parade participants should assemble at East Prospect Avenue between Park Avenue and North 3rd Avenue no later than 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

The parade procession will proceed from East Prospect Avenue before making a right on Park Avenue and proceeding to South 1st Avenue. It will then advance down East 3rd Street, South 4th Avenue and Gramatan Avenue before coming to a conclusion at Hartley Park, where the city’s annual memorial day ceremony will follow at the gazebo.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be 1st Sgt. Dwuan E. Martin, a Mount Vernon native that is an Army retiree that served with the Military Police and Airborne Military Police. He is currently enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he deployed and trained around the world.

In case of inclement weather, the wreath laying ceremony will be moved to the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

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