NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Peter Parente of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association led a ceremony to retire the flag at the New Rochelle Armory in a ceremony at sundown on Friday. Over 100 people gathered on a cold, wind-swept evening to honor the flag.
Prior to the ceremony, Peter Parente recounted a brief history of the Armory and its meaning to many New Rochelle residents.
"Many people left New Rochelle from this building to go to war," said Parent. "300 of whom never returned."
Moises Valencia, organizer of the event, spoke about the need to protect the Armory building and develop it into a fitting tribute to the men and women of New Rochelle who have served their country in the military.