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Veterans proudly lead the Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade in the Town of Inlet Monday, May 26. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Ceremonies in Arrowhead Park began with an invocation for veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have died during war. Shown are (from left) Master of Ceremonies Bruce Gribneau, Indian Lake Supervisor Brian Wells (partially hidden), Inlet Supervisor John Frey, Long Lake Supervisor Clark Seaman, Father Shane Lynch, Hope Supervisor Bob Edwards, Wells Supervisor Brian Towers, Retired Navy Lt. Gerard Dupris, Morehouse Supervisor Bill Farber, Inlet American Legion Post 1402 Commander Paul Chambers, Lake Pleasant Supervisor Neil McGovern (partially hidden). Indian Lake and Hamilton County American Legion Commander Ken Cannan is not pictured. (Photo/Pete Klein)

High school bands from Webb and Long Lake central schools provided patriotic music. Shown here are members of the Long Lake Central School Band. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Girls from Long Lake Central School wield colorful flags.

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Memorial Day services held

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Updated: 8:10 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INLET -- "It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who gave us the right to a fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote."

So said Indian Lake and Hamilton County American Legion Commander Ken Cannan during ceremonies held at Inlet's Arrowhead Park after the Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade down Main Street here.

Hamilton County continued its tradition of holding its Memorial Day parade in a different town each year. Last year it was in Long Lake. This year Inlet had the honor.

Monday, May 26, saw some morning showers, but by parade time the skies had cleared and temperatures were in the upper 70s.

The day began and ended with "Taps" played in towns and hamlets throughout the county in honor of all Americans who have lost their lives on battlefields on land, air and sea from the Revolutionary War to the present war winding down in Afghanistan.

This year's parade was organized by Inlet American Legion Post 1402. It began at about 2 p.m. at Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services on the corner of Limekiln Road and went down Route 28 to Arrowhead Park where ceremonies were held, a distance of just under one mile.

STEPPING OUT

American Legion veterans from Inlet, Old Forge, Long Lake and Indian Lake led the parade, followed by town supervisors from Inlet, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant, Hope and Morehouse; and school bands from Town of Webb School in Herkimer County and Long Lake Central School and Inlet Common School. The parade included fire and ambulance volunteers from nearby towns and their equipment.

Speeches from the podium were short and to the point, remembering all service members who have fought and died for American freedom.

AN EMOTIONAL DAY

Guest speaker retired Navy Lt. Gerard Dupris gave a brief history of Memorial Day and spoke of some of the harrowing events and battles that took place during World War II.

Dupris became emotional and had to pause several times as he described some of the Nazi atrocities that took place during the war and the sacrifices made by those who fought that regime in Europe.

Other speakers included Inlet American Legion Post 1402 Commander Paul Chambers, who thanked everyone who helped organize the parade, and Father Shane Lynch, who gave the invocation and benediction.

peterklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

Emergency responders from Indian Lake to Webb and communities in between marched and displayed their equipment. Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department is shown here. (Photo/Pete Klein)

     

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