HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY — On the Sunday before Memorial Day, in the suburbs north of New York City, the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson hosts a patriotic procession of servicemen and women, police officers and volunteer firefighters, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, marching bands and more. On May 26, the marchers included members of the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard who were visiting New York City as part of Fleet Week. The parade was led by a Navy color guard that included Hastings native Brian Dunne, a 1st Class Petty Officer. The grand marshal was 93-year-old Ed Paynter of Hastings, who served in the Navy during World War II, then as a member of the New York City Fire Department. He retired from the FDNY in 1988, as a captain, after 42 years.
Tim Lamorte is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than two decades documenting life along the Hudson River.