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Pumpkins Help Fund Scarsdale Memorial Day Parade

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Pumpkins for Memorial Day?

Well, not quite. But the proceeds from the American Legion Halloween pumpkin sale in front of HSBC Bank at 34 Popham Rd. will help fund the American Legion’s big Memorial Day activities, featuring a parade that includes most of Scarsdale’s civic groups.

“For a small village, we get a tremendous turnout” for the parade, said Thomas Adamo of Scarsdale, commander of American Legion Post 52. He and Post 52 member Marty Fromm, of Danbury, Conn., were manning the pumpkin tables Monday afternoon as the skies clouded, the temperature dropped and the threat of rain increased.

“We do this every year,” Adamo said. “And the people of the village are good to us. Some don’t even want a pumpkin, but they give us money anyway. It’s really a remarkable situation. We’ve had people, and we can’t tell you who, write us checks for $1,000.”

Adamo, who served in the 507th Signal Cops in Korea, and Fromm, a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific, ticked off some of the groups that take part in the Memorial Day celebration: Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, Daisies, the Legion, bands and others.

“Just about all the groups in the village,” Adamo said. He said some of the money from the pumpkin sale will also go to the group’s Veterans Day activities.

“We do Veterans Day activities, too,” Adamo said, “But it’s not as big. There are no bands, no march, but we do a presentation, and lay a wreath.”

The pumpkin stand will be open six days a week up until a few days before Halloween, Adamo said, although he did not have and exact date. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and until 5 p.m. Thursday. It's open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Large pumpkins cost $10 each or $18 for two. Small pumpkins are $4 or two for $7.

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