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Memorial Day honored at services across region
(WKTV) - Several Memorial Day ceremonies took place across the region throughout the day and into the evening Monday night.
In New Hartford residents lined the streets, sat on curbs and in lawn chairs as a parade made its way through the village. Several organizations were represented in the parade including New Hartford Police, Oneida Count Sheriff's Department and the Navy Junior ROTC from the Thomas R. Proctor High School.
In Utica the holiday was recognized with a series of wreaths placed at monuments on the Memorial Parkway and throughout the city.
"Today is a day set aside to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for all of us," said Chris Urban, Commander, Post 229
"I mean 1.3 million Americans have given their life during armed conflicts and its important for us to remember that."
Also in Utica, a Memorial Day parade took place for hundreds to see. The parade featured 14 grand marshals.
Meanwhile in Whitesboro, residents crowded the village for a parade, showing their support for those who have died fighting for freedom.
"It's important that we show up and recognize all of their devotion to the country," said Raymond O'Connor Whitestown Post, Junior Commander.