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General News: Veterans Day 2017

Ellen Dempsey with her father's uniform. Ellen was very excited to talk about her father, George Dempsey, and his heroic actions as a medic and surgen during the war.
Ellen Dempsey with her father's uniform. Ellen was very excited to talk about her father, George Dempsey, and his heroic actions as a medic and surgen during the war.
Veterans Day 2017
November 13, 2017

Veterans Day 2017
By Hannah Comitz
11/13/17

On Saturday morning the town held its Veterans Day service at the Memorial by Town Hall. The chilly fall air did not stop the town from supporting military members in their community. People of all ages were bundled up to honor those who have served.

Speakers:
Mayor Coyne led the crowd in singing “God Bless America.” The crowd joined in despite the frigid air and the crowd sang happily.

The Commander to the American Legion said Veterans endure and do what is asked of them. In peace time and in war time, veterans are dedicated to the country. He said “today is a day that we put veterans first after they have put us first for so long.” He wants to make sure that veterans feel thanked for their service. The American Legion member also reminded the public to aid veterans in getting help because many have invisible wounds that need healing.

Kevin Hines spoke about how when veterans return, they become leaders in their communities. He thanked some of the veterans in this town who have affected him and his family. Kevin Hines also thanked the American Legion for putting together this service despite the weather. Mr. Hines said that it is important we have these services no matter the weather because the troops over seas do not get to choose what conditions they serve in. Kevin Hines also wanted to stress to any veteran in need to reach out to Supervisor Randazo or himself if they are in need of support.

Senator Bill Larkin gave the town a wake up call. He yelled enthusiastically at the crowd saying “good morning!” Senator Larkin believes that that Veterans Day should be celebrated every day of the year.

Laying of the Wreaths and Prayer:
American Legion Post 393 members and the local Police chiefs laid wreaths on the monument honoring veterans. Father Racite prayed about our veterans and hiked that they would remain safe. Mr. Racite also wishes that God will help us remember and honor veterans.

After the Ceremony:
After the ceremony many came into the warm library for refreshments. There were displays set up around the room for the public to view. There were books, documents, and artifacts about local veterans from wars throughout history. All of the pieces belong to the Cornwall Historical Society. Pictured is Ellen Dempsey with her father’s uniform. Ellen was very excited to talk about her father, George Dempsey, and his heroic actions as a medic and surgen during the war. It was amazing how many people were reminiscing and telling stories about their history.
In the corner a world map was placed with pins. Veterans were encouraged to place where they have served on the map. Pictured is Bill Hauser putting his marker on the map. He served in North Eastern Thailand during the Vietnam war in the Army Core of Engineers.

Happy Veterans Day to all who have heroically protected our nation from harm.

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