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Armed Services honored with ceremony in McFarlan Veteran's Memorial Park

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The rain canceled a local armed services motorcycle ride, but military veterans, law enforcement, and first responders were still honored at McFarlan Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Veterans and active service personnel gathered to honor our nation’s Armed Forces Day.

“Both here and over there, we love them,” said Chairman for the event John Freeman.

Freeman said that the demonstration was supposed to include a motorcycle ride and flyover, however, due to the weather, those spectacles had to be put on hold.

But that didn’t stop him from having a special ceremony in the park.

“We had the police department here, we had the veterans here,” Freeman said. “We had everybody that we wanted to pull together to make this a very special day.”

Even more inspiring, the ceremony was the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day.

“It’s an honor to be here, so we brought part of the Cadet Corps out today, as well as the color guard,” said Lt. Colonel Lapham with the Genesee Army Junior program.

Lapham said his recruits range from 9th to 12th grade, all with the potential to become the next service men and women.

Meanwhile, Freeman said it’s both a privilege and honor to see our nation’s youth supporting veterans.

“These young people that are here, they’re the next generation that’s going to take over for everything and they need to see that they own, ownership of this country,” Freeman said. “And we’re just really proud to share it with them.”

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