A West Nyack ceremony this weekend will honor the country's bravest in recognition of Armed Forces Day.
A flag raising ceremony is slated for Saturday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the Hamlet Green across from the West Nyack Post Office. The flag will be provided by a Marine Expeditionary Force.
The event will feature music, and organizers are asking residents to bring small gifts—be they soap, chocolate or board games—to send to troops overseas. It is a West Nyack tradition to mail items across the world to men and women in uniform.
"The West Nyack Post office has been sending packages to our men and women oversea's for a long time," said Thomas E Desmond with Korean War Veterans Rockland chapter. "We were only stopped when we lost everything because of and . Prior to that we had mailed out over 100,000 pounds of packages in the previous eight months."
The West Nyack fire department will be present at the flag raising, as well, and veterans are encourged to wear their hats proudly.
Families can stop by Strawtown Cafe beforehand for a 15 percent discount.