Members of the Plattekill community braved the brisk fall weather to honor those veterans who bravely served our country. The Town of Plattekill held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, November 10. The brief ceremony, which took place at the Veterans Memorial located at Thomas Felten park, was officiated by Town of Plattekill Supervisor Joseph Croce. Local Cub Scouts and BSA Troop 195 were in attendance to provide the color guard and assistance during the ceremony.
Pastor McCaw of the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church provided a heartfelt opening prayer, blessing and honoring the sacrifices of those who served our country. Community members stood in silent support while local veterans placed wreaths on the Plattekill Veterans memorial and a member of the New Paltz VFW performed Taps.
Supervisor Croce spoke briefly, reciting the poem It is the Soldier by Charles M. Province, a veteran of the U.S. Army. It is the Soldier serves as a reminder that our veterans are responsible for the rights that we, as Americans, often take for granted. Croce urged those in attendance to kiss and hug a veteran not just on Veterans Day, but anytime you see one. The Veterans Day celebration continued as community members and veterans were invited to the Plattekill Town Hall for refreshments, conversation, and some much-appreciated warmth.