Remembering the sacrifices

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Remembering the sacrifices

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
5/31/2018


SAYVILLE—On Monday, May 28, the Sayville Fire Department once again hosted a Memorial Day parade, beginning on Main Street at the intersection of Handsome Avenue and traveling to Sparrow Park at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Middle Road, where a memorial service was ultimately held. 

While it was slightly overcast with occasional drops of rain, it didn’t stop the community from coming out and showing their support for those who gave their lives while serving in our Armed Forces. Islip Town officials Jim O’Connor, Mary Kate Mullen and Alexis Weik, along with Suffolk County Legis. Bill Lindsay and New York State Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino were also present. 

Grand Marshal Thomas Pantano, an ex-chief for the Sayville Fire Department, said the parade is “great for the community.” Pantano, who has been with the fire department for 20 years, has been participating in the parade for 23 years. “It’s a great honor to lead the men and women in our community this morning,” he added. 

Bayport, Holbrook and West Sayville fire departments also marched in the parade, along with numerous other groups and organizations, including the Sayville American Legion Post 641, Sayville Library, Sayville Historical Society, and U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Lt. Michael Murphy Division.

Afterwards, the Sayville Fire Department invited the community to remember their fallen heroes at their memorial ceremony at the firehouse on the corner of Main Street and Lincoln Avenue. After the ceremonies, the Smith-Wever American Legion invited the community back to their post on Foster Avenue. 

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