A wreath was placed in front of the war memorial in Carroll Park to honor all of the men and women who served or are currently serving the country in the military.
“You don't know how happy I am to see our neighborhood turn out for the veterans” said Buddy Scotto, a Korean War veteran who founded the Carroll Gardens Civic Association in the 1960s. “I can't tell you how proud I am to be a part of this.”
The event, which is hosted by the Court Street Merchants Association, takes place annually in front of the monument, which has stood in Carroll Park since 1921 and honors those from the neighborhood who gave their lives in World War I.
“We are continuing a strong tradition in Brooklyn of both serving our country in the military and honoring those who do,” said Councilman Brad Lander, who then listed a number of memorials in the area dedicated to those who served.
Also present at the ceremony was State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose mother grew up in a military family on Air Force bases around the world.
“That sense of mission and of respect that she was endowed with growing up in a military family carried over to me and my siblings,” he said. “Honoring our men and women serving our country is something we should do every day, not just Memorial Day.”