The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was remembered Saturday morning at the Newburgh Waterfront, with a simple ceremony.
Christopher Eachus, former Orange County Legislator, led the ceremony near the water outside of Blu Pointe Restaurant.
The Colors were presented by NFA Jr ROTC-Air Force and Catholic War Veterans Post 386, Deacon Anthony Ferraiuolo gave the Invocation, Chaplain of the American Legion Post 1796, New Windsor, Joe Rudd said the Pledge of Allegiance. The NFA Madrigals sang the National Anthem.
The NFA Band, under the direction of Chris Zoutis, provided music.
During the ceremony, Veterans were invited to come to the microphone and give their names and branch of service.
“We must never forget the sacrifice each Veteran gave for his/her country,” said Paul Bonfiglio, a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, who spoke. He urged everyone in the audience to walk up to a Veteran and say “thank you” for their service.
Deacon Tom Neppl of Saint Patrick-Saint Mary’s Parish then blessed the wreaths before each service group threw them into the Hudson River.
After the playing of Taps, each Veteran received a commemorative coin from Assemblyman Colin Schmidt.
Lunch was served after the ceremony at the American Legion Post- 28 Walnut Ave .in New Windsor.