BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- When Ellen Cohen spoke at a Memorial Day ceremony in town, she gave examples of those who fought in war, both returning home and dying.
Cohen, who is president of the Bedford Hills Historical Museum, recalled what she learned for an exhibit she helped out with called "Bedford Hills At War."
One example she discussed was of Everett Rogers, the son of parents who came from two prominent local families. Rogers, she recalled, enlisted in the military at age 19, eventually shipping out toe Pacific theater of World War II. Rogers was declared missing two days before Christmas in 1943 when he transport plan went missing. Eleven months later, Cohen added, official notification of his death was given.
Cohen discussed a trove of letters from Rogers that were made available. One of them addressed the Christmas shopping season, with Rogers expressing his interest to tell his family about the places he had been to.
Another resident who was a World War II veteran, Dominick Carone, was in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. Cohen recalled learning about Carone's wartime experiences, which including landing in Normandy holding his tripod-mounted machine gun while being waste-deep in water and walking over bodies.
Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick touched upon those who sacrificed with their service.
“We gather here today to remember those who made that ultimate sacrifice to protect our liberty and freedom," he said at the Bedford Hills service.
Parades and ceremonies were planned for all three of Bedford's hamlets. Photos can be found here. Additionally, photos are attached to this story.
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