continued “These firefighters represent those in service to our communities, who, like our military and law enforcement personnel, are prepared to put their lives in danger for the safety of their fellow citizens,” she said.
Ellsworth expanded the idea to include EMS technicians and other volunteers involved in many aspects of community service.
“It takes family and community pulling together to watch out for each other,” Ellsworth said.
Local veterans Ken LIttle, Joe Slattery, Lou Little and Sam Maltbie fired their guns in a salute to fallen soldiers. They were backed up by flag bearers Frank Tucci and Al Mundy.
In the ceremony’s benediction, veteran Lou Russo called for people to not only remember those who served, but to incorporate such service into one’s own life.
“Emulate the sacred service of those who served their country,” he said.
The ceremony was followed by a reception and meal at the Legion Post.
Four floats won honors for participation in the parade. Winning first place were the young girl scouts of troop 3151, followed by the local Webelo boy scouts, then in third place a patriotic float sponsored by the North Warren Interact Club featuring prom court members Amber Frasier and Abigail Bradley surrounded by young scouts. The float featuring Girl Scout troop 3299 was awarded fourth place.