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In the sleepy hamlet of Granville, NY, in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains, adjoining the border of Vermont, history and a commitment are being honored.

The Village has issued an invitation to the rededication of the Veterans Clock which has been restored after it ceased to function 25 years ago.

Saturday, September 18th, 5pm, Corner of Main and North Streets.

The original clock on that site was attached to the Granville National Bank Building which was erected in 1875.  On November 30, 1942, the old bank building was destroyed in a fire and the clock destroyed.

On January 7, 1943, a letter to the Editor, written by Malcolm F. Kelley, was published which proposed replacing the clock with a new one which would commemorate the men serving in World War II.

In March the American Legion secured permission from the Washington County National Bank to mount a new electric clock on the corner of their building.

The clock is to bear an appropriate inscription as a memorial to the boys who are now fighting America’s battles in defense of democracy

Fundraising for the clock began in May, 1943, starting with a Tag Sale.

The contest for the inscription was also proceeding rapidly.

The townspeople were generous with donations.

The Fire Department planned a carnival for July 3rd, which was hugely successful and pushed the project over the funding goal line.

In the weeks following, the inscription was chosen, the clock was ordered, and preparations for the dedication were made.

On Sunday, September 26, 1943, the veterans clock, one of the first memorials to the troops fighting in World War II was dedicated.

For 40+ years the bronze clock with its stained glass clock face and inscriptions steadily chimed every quarter hour, rain, snow or shine.  Two generations grew up in Granville to the reassuring certainty of the clock.

Then, twenty five years ago, it fell silent.  The bronze hands, long the standards for punctuality, stood motionless.  The chimes, those melodious beacons, which proclaimed the march of time throughout the center of town, rang no more.

And so it sat, forlorn, a mockery of its own inscription, “Lest We Forget”. Continue Reading »

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) gives a moving speech at the wreath laying in Georgia.

This is a man who gets it.

For the first time this year Wreaths Across America honored the 9/11 heroes of New York.  Almost 3,000 wreaths were laid in Battery Park around the Memorial Walk.  More pictures from before the snowfall are here.  Another picture with snow is here.

In Tioga County several cemeteries, the Veterans Memorial, and the graves of Iraq War heroes were adorned with wreaths.

At Saratoga National Cemetery at the grave of the Civil War Unknown Soldier returned this year from Antietam.

On Long Island Wreaths Across America and the Patriot Guard Riders held ceremonies at

Cypress Hills Cemetery, Queens

Long Island National Cemetery, Nassau

Calverton National Cemetery, Suffolk

Wreaths_Across_America Calverton 2009 (PDF)

Happy Veterans Day

A new salute to American Veterans.

You can obtain your own copy here.

Thank You for your service.

It was a beautiful crisp clear day at the National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. A stiff breeze kept the flags flapping and everyone’s cheeks rosy!

National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY,  Wreaths laid on Veterans Graves

National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY, Wreaths laid on Veterans Graves

Harry Rathsam and the scouts of Troop 604 did an outstanding job of preparing the grounds for the Wreath ceremony. Starting about 9:30 am they placed over 2,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.

At the appointed time Patriot Guard Riders formed a flag line along Flagstaff Drive, the road leading to the flagpole from the Administration Building. The Boy Scouts marched up flagstaff drive with veterans and Gold Star family members. As they passed, the PGR flag line fell in behind them and followed them in to Flagstaff Circle.

Harry Rathsam was a fabulous Master of Ceremonies and led the group through the Pledge of Allegiance, the setting of wreaths for each branch of the armed forces and POW/MIAs.

What was nicest was that it was a gathering of Americans, veterans and civilians alike, for one purpose. To honor those who served and laid down their lives in defense of our nation and our liberty. The were no speechs by politicians with flowery rhetoric, only folks who really cared about our troops past and present.

It was an honor to take part in this event and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Here is a map of the cemetery. The location of the ceremony was at the circle in the middle of Flagstaff Drive in the lower right of the image.


A few pictures are here, and more pictures as well as some short video clips which will be edited into a single clip are here.

The excellent final video.

Other reports from NY State:

Chemung County, Woodlawn National Cemetery 2

Chenango County, Guilford Center Cemetery 2(Video)

Tioga County Veterans Memorial 2 3

Saratoga County, G. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Steuben County, Bath National Cemetery 2

Suffolk County, Calverton National Cemetery 2

Westchester County, Kemper Memorial Park

For reports from other locations around the nation continue reading

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This Saturday, December 13th, is Wreaths Across America Day.
All wreath ceremonies nationwide will take place at 12:00 Noon.

On this day thousands of wreaths are laid on the graves of veterans at cemeteries across the entire United States. This tradition was started by the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, whose owner, Morrill Worcester, in 1992 began sending a tractor trailer full of wreaths to be laid at the graves of our heroes in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC..

Since that first trip the project has grown so that this year wreaths will be laid at more than 200 national cemeteries and veterans memorials throughout the United States. The Patriot Guard Riders provide an escort for the shipment all the way from Maine to Arlington. The Patriot Guard Riders also provide support at many of the local cemeteries across the nation.

Eleven of those cemeteries are in New York State.
Here are the locations in County order with the links to each location’s webpage on the Wreaths Across America website.
Use the contact information on these pages to volunteer to lay wreaths.

Chautauqua, Jamestown, NY – Lakeview Cemetery
Chemung, Elmira, NY – Woodlawn National Cemetery
Erie, W. Seneca, NY – Veterans Plaza St. Matthew’s Cemetery
Kings, Brooklyn, NY – Cypress Hills National Cemetery
Rockland, Hempstead, NY – Ferederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Rockland, Viola, NY – Gary Onderdonk Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Saratoga, Schuylerville, NY – G. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
Steuben, Bath, NY – Bath National Cemetery
Suffolk, Farmingdale, NY – Long Island National Cemetery
Suffolk, Calverton, NY – Calverton National Cemetery
Westchester, Somers, NY – Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Lasdon Park

Visit the Wreaths Across America website for more on this worthy cause.

UpdateFor a report on Farmingdale NY wreath ceremony and reports from all around the country go here.

Gathering of Eagles
Fighting the Insurgency at Home
Veterans and Heroes Rally

Who: Lee Zeldin, Vets for Freedom, Andrew Wilkow
What: Rally for Veterans and Troops
Where: Bald Hill Cultural Park Ampitheatre
5 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY
When: Saturday, April 12, 2008
11:30am to 1:30pm

Come out and meet Lee Zeldin, Iraq Veteran and candidate for Congress, Pete Hegseth, Iraq Veteran and Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, and Andrew Wilkow, National Radio Talk Show Host and Troop Supporter.

Lee Zeldin

Lee Zeldin is a Captain in the United States Army Reserves. In September 2003, Lee reported for duty with the Military Intelligence Corps at Fort Huachuca, Arizona – on the Mexican border – where he saw first hand the workings of our Border Patrol Agents. Lee transitioned to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in March 2004, and shortly thereafter was re-assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In the summer of 2006, Lee was deployed to Iraq, with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served on the front lines. He resides in Shirley with his wife Diana and their 1-year-old identical twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.

Pete Hegseth

Pete Hegseth served in Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their deployment to Iraq from 2005-2006. Pete served as an infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad during the nationwide elections in October and December 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra. He also served in Guantanamo Bay for a year on a security mission with his National Guard unit and currently serves in the 1-69 Infantry, New York Army National Guard as a Captain. Pete holds the Bronze Star for his time in Iraq. He is a Minnesota native and graduate of Princeton University. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Andrew Wilkow
Andrew Wilkow is a conservative radio talk show host on the Sirius Radio Patriot Channel. He is the founder of the Wilkow Majority and a contributor to the Conservative Punk weblog. His three hour radio show airs from Noon to 3pm, monday through Friday. Andrew also substitutes for Mark Levin the popular WABC talk radio host.

Read the report on this action here.