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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)

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The Wreaths Across America convoy from Maine to Arlington Cemetery crossed New York State Thursday.

Alice files this report:

The morning was a very chilly one. We were invited by the Darien, CT, VFW Post 6933 to gather there.  Along with a warm place to wait they provided us with hot beverages and breakfast. They were very gracious hosts.

After the group had finished eating we went outside to begin the first leg of our trip.  There were many cages [cars] and a few brave souls rode their motorcycles.

We proceeded out of the parking lot escorted by LEO [police] who took both front and rear positions.  The tractor trailers carrying the donated wreaths joined in along the way.

Here is a video from Darien:

Our first  stop was at Darien High School.  The ceremony began with the raising of the flag and a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The band played God Bless America. Members of “Support Our Soldiers”, or SOS as they refer to themselves, read letters written by middle and high school students to those deployed.  Speeches were given by the members of the student body and faculty as well.  A Gold Star Mom let everyone know how much it means to them that their cherished children who paid the ultimate price haven’t been forgotten. She said that is a Gold Star Parent’s biggest fear. The Worcester Wreath Company presented them with one of their wreaths. One teacher, complete with kilt and all, ended the ceremony by playing Amazing Grace on his bagpipe.

We got back on the road with NY PGR taking the lead just behind the LEO.  They managed traffic very well. The most impressive sight was on the George Washington bridge.  All lanes were blocked so that the escort were the only vehicles crossing it. Continue Reading »

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.

map-natl-cem-farmingdale

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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