A Military Salute

By Dave Sherry

May 28, 2012 Updated May 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A large crowd congregates in Norwich at West Side Park to remember veterans of all wars.

A parade started off Memorial Day on East Main Street. It concluded at West Park where the annual ceremony was held in front of the World War II monument.

Police Chief Joseph Angelino was this year's guest speaker.

Angelino served in the Marine Corps and did three combat tours in the Middle East.

Veterans of all wars, plus the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks were remembered. Wreaths were hung in honor of those fallen soldiers. There was also a 21 gun salute.

"Memorial Day is a pretty solemn occasion when we remember those who gave their lives so we can live freely in this country and, if you ask me, every day should be Memorial Day for those who sacrificed everything," said Angelino.

After the ceremonies, Honor Guards from the American Legion and VFW held military ceremonies at local cemeteries.