Veterans honored in West Harrison

Local servicemen, family m-embers and friends gathered in downtown West Harrison to honor the area’s many United States veterans on Veterans Day.

The Town of Harrison paid tribute to its veterans with a moving Veterans Day ceremony on Monday in West Harrison.

The Town of Harrison paid tribute to its veterans with a moving Veterans Day ceremony on Monday in West Harrison.

The chilly November weather didn’t stop many prominent members of the Harrison community from celebrating veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other U.S. conflicts.

Ben DeFonce, the veteran’s service officer for the town and a retired marine who fought in Korea, planned and prepared the ceremony for more than six months and described seeing Harrison residents come together as a true honor.

“You see guys over here w-ho were wounded multiple times, and we’re all together,” DeFonce said. “People never want to forget.”

Along with many Silver La-ke residents, elected officials ca-me together to celebrate the vets in the community, including state Assemblyman David Buchwald, members of the Harrison Town Council, and police chief Anthony Marraccini. Mayor Ron Belmont encouraged the crowd to say thanks to veterans.

Soldiers honor fallen veterans by firing rounds into the November sky.

Soldiers honor fallen veterans by firing rounds into the November sky.

“How do you say thank you to our vets?” Belmont said. “Next time you do the pledge, stand a little taller. Next time you hear the national anthem, sing along.”

In attendance were many ac-tive and retired military men, including Army Gen. Evo Ri-guzzi, a Harrison native. Riguzzi, al-ong with other decorated officials, encouraged youth involvement with the military.

“It’s not an easy job, and you sacrifice so much,” Riguzzi told the crowd. “But you gain so much in return. Ask any vet here if they’re proud.”

-Reporting by Phil Nobile

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Phil Nobile is a Staff Writer for Hometown Media, mainly writing for the Harrison Review and the Mamaroneck Review. Before joining the Review, Nobile held a web internship at the Hartford Courant performing multiple journalism tasks. A graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., Nobile wrote for the school’s newspaper, the Quinnipiac Chronicle, and held other leadership positions in organizations on campus. Nobile is a lifelong Westchester County resident. You can reach him at 914-653-1000 x17 or phil@hometwn.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @harrisonreview.