Before the Parade in Bogota on Memorial Day the American Legion Clifford Dunn Post # 117 and the VFW Ralph Hall Post #5561 held their remembrance service in front of Borough Hall. American Legion Commander Walter Croft welcomed those in attendance and talked about some of the names on the War Memorial in front of Borough Hall . Four of the streets in Bogota are named after the young men who lost their lives during the First World War. Albert Kovar, William Gray, Carl Fischer and Clifford Dunn all could have passed along Larch Ave while visiting friends, or even walking up the steps to attend School, before it was converted into Borough Hall. Next VFW Commander gave an example of how many Women & Men have given their lives in defence of the United States since World War I. With Bogota having an average total population of 8,000 it would take 83 Bogotas to equal the number of Service Personnel who did not return home. Finally Mayor Chris Keleman took the time to thank the Veterans in attendance and urge the crowd to enjoy the day with Family & Friends, but remember the true meaning of the day.
The next part of the service was the reading of the names of those Veterans who are now " Absent" a poppy was placed on a cross representing each Veteran. This was done by VFW Ladies Auxiliary President and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary President they were assisted by Poppy Girls Ximena Vargas for the VFW and Avery Williams for American Legion. There was a moment of silence for the fallen Servicemen followed by "Taps' by High School Musicians Next Marianne Pigoncelli placed a wreath at the Monument for MIA / POW from Bogota accompanied by Mike Sorretino playing "Amazing Grace" on his Bagpipe.
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