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Rotterdam remembers

"This day is also about thanking local men and women who served in the armed forces," said Supervisor Steven A. Tommasone in his opening remarks. "We owe you what we have in this country."

The veterans in attendance did not include any Pearl Harbor survivors, but did include five veterans of World War II, a group that continues to diminish each year.

Attendee and Army veteran Louis Lapan is in great health though; as fit and trim as during his service days.

"This shirt I'm wearing today was part of my original uniform," said Lapin. "It's 62 years old and it still fits. The pants are 50 years old."

Many of the veterans on hand at the ceremony had fond memories of their service. Morton Miller, of Schenectady, was an Army infantryman in the Pacific, and recalled the good times he had swimming on the beaches of New Guinea, and going fishing on those same beaches using grenades instead of a hook and reel.

"I went in because I wanted my children to grow up the way I did," said Miller of his time in the service. "I wanted them to be able to strap on a pair of roller skates and go out and play like I did.""

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