May 27, 2008

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Memorial Day 2008 - Newburgh

Michaels, center, poses with McTamaney and Sofokles

NEWBURGH – It was perhaps the largest turnout in years as hundreds of people lined the entire length of Broadway in Newburgh Monday as the city honored the memory of America’s war dead during its Memorial Day parade and service at Washington’s Headquarters.

Vietnam Veterans of America member David McTamaney of Newburgh was pleased to see the large turnout.

“I hope these folks are still remembering this is the day we want to pay homage to all those men and women who sacrificed our lives to defend our freedom here,” he said.

First Lt. Michael Ortiz, a member of the New York Army National Guard and an Iraqi war veteran, gave the keynote speech at the ceremonies following the parade.

“Above my name, above my rank, and above my duty position as commander, is my sense of pride,” he said. “I am very proud to have been born, bred and raised American and I am incredibly proud to be wearing this uniform and to be standing before all of you during this Memorial Day.”

New Windsor composer Warren Michaels, who wrote a tribute to those who sacrificed for the country, “Purple Hearted Heroes,” heard his song performed in public for the first time at the service, sung by Newburgh’s Patty Sofokles.


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