Tivoli also honors those who gave their lives

Memorial Day in Tivoli was a somber affair.

A small ceremony was held at the Old Red Church, hosted by the American Legion in honor of the 38 Tivolians who lost their lives in combat defending their country.

“This day is sacred with the almost-visible memory of those who went before us and offered their lives in the service of our country. And of those others who dropped their burdens by the wayside of life, and are gone to their eternal rest,” said Tom Mabie, Post Commander of the American Legion Post #524, offering the American Legion’s salvo for the fallen. “May today’s ceremony deepen our reverence for our departed friends and comrades.”

Maebie’s words were followed by a three-volley salute conducted by Legion members, fired over the cemetery of the Historic Red Church.

Tivoli Mayor Brian Cranna also offered some thoughts.

“For many [on Memorial Day], backyard barbecues are being set up for, others are rushing to a mall or department store to find the best deal on a television, and others are using this day to get yard work done,” Cranna told the crowd. “But we are here today, to pause and to remember, and to ensure that those that made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten.”

According to a list of casualties provided by the American Legion, Tivoli has not lost a resident in combat since the Vietnam War.

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