CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Downtown Chappaqua was busy on Monday morning for the Town of New Castle’s Memorial Day parade, with throngs of onlookers gathering for the festivities that included two of the state's leading political figures marching.
Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator (and prominent resident) Hillary Clinton, who was on hand as one of the marchers, attracted attention in the way of cheering from attendees, including encouragement about her political future. When a man before the parade voiced his support and repeatedly shouted "run!" Clinton replied that she was going to "walk, walk, walk" in the parade.
Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino marched alongside Clinton.
The possibility of a 2016 presidential bid from Clinton is a big topic among national media outlets and pundits. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.
Local and regional elected officials were among those marching, including members of the New Castle Town Board, Chappaqua school board, state Assemblyman David Buchwald and county Board of Legislators Chair Michael Kaplowitz. An array of local groups was in the lineup, including the Chappaqua Rotary, scouts and a group from the Chappaqua Library.
New Castle police and a color guard were among the first marchers in the parade, which began on Route 117, went down the King Street hill and ended in front of the Chappaqua train station.
Once the parade stopped in the plaza by the station, there were renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Amazing Grace” and a performance of taps. The Town of New Castle also received a collective honor, being declared a Purple Heart Town by a presenter.
The biggest event of the remembrances, however, was the dedication of the nearby Route 120 bridge in honor of a fallen soldier, Army Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay, who was killed by an explosion in Afghanistan in 2006.
A photo gallery of the parade is included in this report.