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Celebrate Memorial Day In Bronxville

Co-chairs Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao show off the logo for this year's Bronxville Memorial Day weekend.
Co-chairs Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao show off the logo for this year's Bronxville Memorial Day weekend. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – There will be a weekend full of Memorial Day activities for residents around Eastchester and Bronxville.

A full lineup of activities is planned in the area, including fundraisers, sales, food, games and a carnival. Several events are planned for residents of all ages.

Events began on May 20 with the PTA selling school-themed merchandise with the district’s Memorial Day weekend logo that was designed by fourth-grader Victoria Ruffo. Shirts were on sale all week at the elementary and high school. Weekend festivities got kicked off on Friday, with a districtwide bake sale that had treats from several Bronxville families.

A used book sale will be ongoing throughout the weekend. The sale will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the high school.

“The used book sale is a Memorial Day tradition that allows everyone to recycle those books we no longer need and to gather new ones we have not read,” said Jocelyn Angelone, organizer of the sale.

On Saturday, the annual James E. Kearney Run for Fun will kick off at 9 a.m. at the school’s flagpole on Pondfield Road. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. for the 2.5-mile run through Bronxville.

At 10:30 a.m., grave marker flags will be replaced and flowers will be placed on the graves of veterans in Holy Mount Cemetery. Boy Scouts will join in to help the veterans with the process.

The Veterans Memorial – an exhibit of photos and other memorabilia featuring Bronxville veterans from as far back as World War I -- will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the elementary school playroom.

New this year will be a dog parade, featuring some “light-hearted judging.” With a $10 registration fee to enter canines, the parade and judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The traditional family picnic will follow at 5:30 p.m. with music and activities for kids. The dollar raffle will begin at 7 p.m.

“This is a fun event for families, seniors and singles,” PTA member Ruth Walter, who is organizing the event with Sarah Normand, said. “You don’t need a dog to come to the Dog Parade.”

A memorial ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the monument in the rear of Holy Mount Cemetery. There will be a reading of all those killed in past wars that were from the town.

On Monday, the school field will be transformed into the annual PTA Carnival. There will be burgers and treats served by the Bronxville Boy and Girl Scouts. The festivities will conclude with a blood drive hosted by the Blood Center of New York from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao, co-chairs of the Memorial Day activities, said the weekend brings residents together while raising money for the district. “It’s a community building event that raises much needed funds for the school,” Pytosh said.

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