Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was held at Powell’s Landing Pavilion in the Village of Montgomery on Saturday morning. People gathered to commemorate the day of infamy.
Veterans of Pearl Harbor were honored with prayers, a moment of silence and the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps.” Afterwards, there was a symbolic toss of a wreath into the Wallkill River.
Veterans in attendance included American Legion Post 521 of Montgomery and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2064 of Maybrook. They honored their fellow veterans with a 21 gun salute as well as a color guard. Those in attendance were grateful of the sacrifices American veterans made during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“It’s of paramount importance for the American people to pause on a day such as the anniversary of Pearl Harbor and reflect and remember and honor those who perished,” said Tim Dempsey, a lifelong member of the Maybrook VFW and former commander of the Montgomery American Legion. “Consider the fact that the attack on Pearl Harbor is what propelled us into World War II.”