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An unidentified girl plants a flag on Memorial Day in Saranac Lake (NCPR photo)
An unidentified girl plants a flag on Memorial Day in Saranac Lake (NCPR photo)

A beautiful day to remember

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Memorial Day services were held across the North Country yesterday, with parades and prayers and wreath-layings.

"The freedoms we as Americans enjoy and cherish today have been safeguarded by men and women who gave their lives," said Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a statement released from Albany.

"Today, we also honor the military families who have lost loved ones, and send our heartfelt condolences to each of them."

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

We remember those recently fallen in the heat of conflict, or in the confusion and turmoil of readjustment when they come home.
- Chaplain Eric Olsen
At the ceremony in Saranac Lake, Colonel Eric Olsen – New York’s National Guard chaplain – prayed for the men and women who gave their lives in the armed services.

On a radiant late spring morning, two trumpeters, Saranac Lake High School’s band leader Keith Kogut and one of his students Ryan Murray played taps together on the shore of Lake Flower.  

State Senator Betty Little speaks to a large Memorial Day crowd in Saranac Lake (NCPR photo)
State Senator Betty Little speaks to a large Memorial Day crowd in Saranac Lake (NCPR photo)
"Memorial Day calls us to be appreciative of all we've been given by generations before and by those serving today who have purchased and preserved our freedom with their blood," said state Senator Betty Little.

"We live with the blessing of freedom they fought and died for."

 Mark Kurtz photos: Memorial Day at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake

 

 

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