Despite the threat of rain and thunder showers,several members and their spouses and other residents showed up to attend this annual observance.
Shortly after 9:00 AM, the bus arrived with the group from Oswego who carry out this service for outlying regions. Commander A. Joseph Wallace was present as well as most of the Minetto Post 486 officers.
Despite our prayers, the rain came down and wet down the service but it went on anyway and was well presented by the team.
Prayers were given and flowers and a wreath were presented with several readings followed by the playing of "Taps" on the bugle. It was a solemn time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the defense of our great country. Surely we are proud and appreciate their sacrifice for our freedoms.
On Monday, people of all ages will observe Memorial Day, pausing to remember the sacrifices of men and women who died in service to our nation - a tradition begun in the Empire State 137 years ago by the residents of the Seneca County community of Waterloo.
It is a timeless legacy.
The tradition of honoring and remembering our fallen patriots was begun by our ancestors, who, in the aftermath of the darkest period in American history, took time out from their spring chores to place wild flowers on the graves of loved ones and neighbors, who gave their lives in the terrible Civil War that had divided our nation.
As we observe Memorial Day, we are in the midst of a new type of war in which, for the first time since the Civil War, the battle has been brought to American soil. The horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, scarred but did not weaken our nation. Rather, it served to galvanize Americans and our collective resolve to defeat those who seek to destroy us.
The great debt we owe to those who died for our nation and its principles can never be fully repaid. Memorial Day provides us an opportunity to give thanks to those who make the ultimate sacrifice out of love for their country, and reflect on the courage and selflessness of those who would give their lives so that others could live.
Memorial Day - or Decoration Day as it was originally called - is not a day of sorrow, but rather a time for solemn reflection.
Whether at public ceremonies or in private over a loved one's grave, Memorial Day is an appropriate time to reflect on our country and those whose spirit, pride and courage have preserved our way of life, which we must never take for granted and leave unguarded.
More than a million men and women have died defending our nation and its principles of freedom and democracy, throughout our history. They did not go to war because they wanted to die. They went out of a sense of honor, duty and dedication to the cause of freedom - just as those who today willingly place themselves in harm's way in the war against terrorism.
visited the Fifth District American Legion on Wednesday, April 11th in Herkimer County. A few (very few) of our Oswego County members attended this gala event. Here are a couple of pictures that were taken by the department photographer.
National Commander Fang Wong beside
5th District Sgt-At-Arms James Ellis
Fang Wong, National Commander is presented with
a check from Oswego County American Legion for
his projects by Oswego County Legion Treasurer
David V. Walker
From left: Shawn Mills, Angela, Commander Fong's wife
The Annual Girls/Boys State Dinner and Orientation was presented on Sunday at Wm. S. Monaghan Post 268 in Oswego with a fine turn-out of delegates for both 2011 and 2012 plus Auxiliary members, Legionnaires and a guest speaker.
The guest speaker was Barbara Goranson, who attended Girls State in 1983 from Raymond-Faulkner-Cook Auxiliary Unit 858. She spoke on her experiences in the program.
Girls attending this year's session are Jonmarie Favor and Molly Downing. Two girls from last year returned to tell of their impressions of Girls State.
2012 Girls Staters
JonMarie Fravor, Betty Rowlee, Molly Downing
2011 Girls Stater Allison Miller
with Betty Rowlee, Girls State Chairman
Allison Miller, Erika Merkel, Betty Rowlee, Barbara Goranson,
Molly Downing, Jonmarie Fravor, Co. President Elaine Johnson
2011 and 2012 BOYS / GIRLS STATE DELEGATES
This year's Boys State delegates include ALEX WILLMS, MATTHEW BRENNAN, LUCAS REED, MITCHELL GAVIN, A.J. WILLS, sponsored by Robert Edwards Post 358 in Pulaski; NICK CANNATA, sponsored by Stone-Davis Post 384, Mexico; AUSTIN MOORE, sponsored by Hamlin-Weldon Post 1532, New Haven; COLBY MENTER sponsored by both Stone-Davis Post 384, Mexico and Hamlin-Weldon Post 1532, New Haven; CAL WEIGAND and BRANDON JORDAN, sponsored by Prior-Stock Post 1552, Hannibal; DOMINIC J. PATCHEN, JOSHUA BLISS and ADAM WILCHENS, sponsored by Raymond-Faulkner-Cook Post 858,, Cleveland; MATTHEW BAUER and NICHOLAS R. JACKSON, sponsored by Fuller-Taylor Post 915, Central Square.