UTICA — As the rain gave way, the sun shined brightly on the veterans and community members gathered at Utica American Legion Post No. 92 on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.
The Utica High School Marching Band opened the program with the playing of the national anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer by Nordie Mick.
Represented in the crowd were members of the Utica Police Department and EMS, as well as the Boy Scout Troop 28.
“Today when families congregate for a picnic or BBQ; today when car dealerships have their biggest sale of the year; today, weather permitting, we can actually provide our citizens with a parade for children and adults a like. However, not all Americans today are celebrating this Memorial Day with such a spirited enthusiasm,” said Bryan Nye, staff sergeant of 371st Signal Detachment U.S. Army National Guard. “Some families may not be holding the annual BBQ in the back yard. Some children may not be holding their father’s hand as the band marches pass. Some mothers may still be staring at the flag that flies at half-staff. It is these individuals of whom I speak today, emphasizing with their grief that a loved one may not be here to celebrate.”
Nye urged people to take a moment out of the day of celebration to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifice so many have made.