Huntington honored those lost in military service to the country, with a laying of wreaths Sunday at Town Hall.
Supervisor Ed Smyth, who served as a sergeant in the US Marine Corps Reserve, led the ceremony, which included a rifle salute, performance by the Northport High School Tour Choir, words from Town Council members Joan Cergol, Sal Ferro and Dr. David Bennardo, among others.
Veterans groups from Huntington, Northport, Elwood, Greenlawn, as well as the mother of Army Spc. Anthony Mangano of Greenlawn, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Some veterans showed the effects of age since their time in service; all stood or sat at attention at the appropriate moments, rendering salutes to the flag and those who were lost. Wreaths were laid at monuments to World War II veterans, women who served, and those who served in Vietnam, World War I, and the Korea War.
After the ceremony at the Veterans Plaza at Town Hall, Smyth, Ferro, Town Clerk Andrew Raia and a few others walked down to Village Green Park and joined veterans who laid another wreath at a Vietnam War memorial.
Memorial Day, a national holiday to recognize those killed in military service, has become a mix of celebration of a long weekend to kick off the arrival of summer, and a somber recognition of the cost to the small number of Americans who serve in the military.