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Owego remembers fallen heroes at ceremony

OWEGO (WBNG) — People in Owego gathered this Memorial Day to remember those the nation has lost in the line of duty.

The streets of the village were lined as a parade came through. The parade ended at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial for a ceremony.

That’s where the names of fallen heroes were read.

Some who attended say it’s important for ceremonies like this to happen around the country.

“We wanted to come to remember people who have served. My son served on the USS Ticonderoga in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. My husband was in the Navy for eight years, his dad was in the Navy also,” said Janet Ferguson of Cooperstown.

Organizers of the ceremony noted the turnout, saying Tioga County veterans get a lot of support because it is a purple heart county.

“I think it’s the community response we get here every year because of their patriotism,” said VFW Memorial Day chairman Jim Raftis. “The response was tremendous to remember our fallen heroes and that’s the objective of Memorial Day.”

Annie Flaherty

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