Memorial Day Marked in New York With Parades, Ceremonies

NEW YORK (AP) -
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) tosses a wreath following an annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at the Intrepid museum in New York. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

With parades, wreath-layings and other ceremonies, New Yorkers paid their respects on Memorial Day to those who have died serving their country.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined veterans and active service members on Monday at the annual ceremony held aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

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World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors John Seelie, 95,(L) and Armando “Chick” Gallela, 93, attend the annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Intrepid museum in New York. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

Memorial Day was also the last full day of Fleet Week New York, which brings several thousand sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members to the city to interact with the public. The ships were scheduled to leave Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo marked the solemn day by taking part in parades in Nassau and Westchester counties.

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Marchers in the Valley Stream, Long Island, Memorial Day Parade. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo greets marchers in the Valley Stream, Long Island, Memorial Day Parade. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)