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Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Photos: Genesee County honors its veterans

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, veterans, Veterans Day

Local veterans made the rounds this morning of Veterans Day services at locations throughout Genesee County. Starting at the Genesee County Park, they proceeded to the VA Medical Center, the NYS Vets Home, the Upton Monument, St. Jerome's and GCC.

Here are photos from the VA and from Upton.

Bottom photo is from GCC, where the college opened a lounge for student-veterans.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Photos: Veterans Day 2012, shot with film

post by Howard B. Owens in Veterans Day

After taking pictures of the first two Veterans Day observances this morning, at Genesee County Park and the VA center, I decided to go home and exchange my digital camera for a couple of my film cameras. Just to do something different, produce some pictures at the historical Upton Monument that had an old-time feel. 

I was shooting with a Nikon F, loaded with Ilford XP2 400 and a Contessa range finder loaded with Kodak Ektar 100. Both cameras are fully manual.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Photos: Veterans Day 2012

post by Howard B. Owens in Veterans Day

Veterans and supporters gathered in five locations in Genesee County today for observances in honor of the men and women who have served in the United States armed services.

Here are pictures from the Genesee County Park and Veterans Administration hospital.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Most of the county's Veterans Day events to be held Sunday

post by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Veterans Day

Although banks, government offices and schools will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day, the important date for veterans is Nov. 11, and that falls on Sunday this year.

On Sunday, veterans will observe the solemn day at the following locations and times:

  • 9 a.m. -- Genesee County Park (Vietnam Veterans of America)
  • 10 a.m. -- Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave. Ceremony will be held by the flagpole at Building 3, followed by coffee social in Building 4, Recreation Hall.
  • 10:20 a.m. -- New York State Veterans Home - after the reading of the NYS proclamation and ceremony several proclamations honoring Joseph Joy for membership to the American Legion for 70 years will also be read.
  • 11 a.m. -- Upton Monument
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Jerome Center at United Memorial Medical Center

On Monday:

  • 1 p.m. -- Genesee Community College at the flag pole.
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Photos: Veterans Day observance at Jerome Center

post by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Veterans Day

Veterans from throughout Genesee County gathered today at Jerome Center at the corner of Washington and Bank for an annual Veterans Day service.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Photos: Veterans Day 2010

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Veterans Day

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Area veterans gathered in Batavia today to honor the men and women who serve or have served in the United States military.

There were ceremonies at the VA Center, the Upton Monument and the Jerome Center.

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More pictures after the jump:

(Reprints of these and more pictures from today are available by clicking here.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

Veterans Day Services

post by Howard B. Owens in Veterans Day

Here are today's Veterans Day services in Genesee County:

  • 9 a.m.: Vietnam Veterans service, Genesee County Park, Bethany
  • 10 a.m.: Flagpole ceremony, Batavia V.A.
  • 11:30 a.m.: UMMC Veterans Day ceremony, Jerome Center on Bank Street.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Reception for veterans at GCC, Conable Building
  • 1 p.m.: Salute to the American Flag at GCC
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier

post by Dave Olsen in Veterans Day

I originally received this in an e-mail from a Navy Buddy of mine in 2003. He was living in the DC area at the time. It refers to Hurricane Isabel, which tore through Virginia, DC and Maryland in September, 2003. I have saved it and usually send it on Veterans Day to everyone whose e-mail address I have. I'd like to share it with the Batavian readers if I may.

 

Guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns

The Third Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer,VA has the responsibility for 
providing ceremonial units and honor guards for state occasions, White 
House social functions, public celebrations and interments at Arlington 
National Cemetery....and standing a very formal sentry watch at the Tombs
 
of the Unknowns. The public is familiar with the precision of what is 
called. "walking post" at the Tombs. There are roped off galleries where 
visitors can form to observe the troopers and their measured step and 
almost mechanical silent rifle shoulder changes. They are relieved every 
hour in a very formal drill that has to be seen to believe. Some people 
think that when the Cemetery is closed to the public in the evening in the 
evening that this show stops. First, to the men who are dedicated to 
this work...it is no show...it is a "Charge of Honor". The formality and 
precision continues uninterrupted all night. During the nighttime, the 
drill of relief and the measured step of the on duty sentry remain 
unchanged from the daylight hours. To these men...these special men, the 
continuity of this post is the key to the honor and respect shown to these 
honored dead, symbolic of all American unaccounted for American combat 
dead. The steady rhythmic step in rain, sleet, snow, hail, hot, 
cold...bitter cold...uninterrupted...uninterrupted is the important part of 
the honor shown.

Last night, while you were sleeping, the teeth of Hurricane Isabel came 
through this area and tore hell out of everything... We have thousands of 
trees down...power outages...traffic signals out...roads filled with down 
limbs and "gear adrift" debris...We have flooding...and the place looks 
like it has been the impact area of an off shore bombardment. The 
Regimental Commander of the U.S. Third Infantry sent word to the nighttime 
Sentry Detail to secure the post and seek shelter from the high winds, to 
ensure their personal safety.

THEY DISOBEYED THE ORDER...During winds that turned over vehicles and 
turned debris into projectiles...the measured step continued. One fellow 
said "I've got buddies getting shot at in Iraq who would kick my butt if 
word got to them that we let them down...I sure as hell have no intention 
of spending my Army career being known as the goddamn idiot who couldn't 
stand a little light breeze and shirked his duty." ....Then he said 
something in response to a female reporters question regarding silly 
purposeless personal risk...."I wouldn't expect you to understand. It's an 
enlisted man's thing."

God Bless the rascal...In a time in our nation's history when spin and 
total bullshit seems to have become the accepted coin-of-the-realm, there 
beat hearts...the enlisted hearts we all knew and were so damn proud to be 
a part of...that fully understand that devotion to duty is not a part time 
occupation. While we slept, we were represented by some damn fine men who 
fully understood their post orders and proudly went about their assigned 
responsibilities unseen, unrecognized and in the finest tradition of the 
American Enlisted Man. Folks, there's hope....The gene that George S. 
Patton, Arleigh Burke and Jimmy Doolittle left us...survives.


On the ABC evening news, it was reported tonight that, because of the 
dangers from Hurricane Isabel approaching Washington DC, the military 
members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were 
given permission to suspend the assignment. They refused. "No way, Sir!" 
Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they 
said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest 
honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been 
patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

Although Patton, Burke, and Doolittle were never enlisted men, we can honor them anyway. It's a great story and if you've never seen the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns, it is worth the trip. God bless and keep any vet who reads this and Thank you for your service.

 

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

Oakfield-Alabama Veterans Day celebration

post by Ethan Thompson in oakfield-alabama, Veterans Day

Every year Oakfield-Alabama Middle-High School hosts a Veterans Day celebration. They invite anywhere from 15-25 veterans from around the area to come and give a presentation on how the military has changed their lives and what it was like to be in the military. If the veteran went to war, he is asked to bring memorabilia such as metals, helmets, etc.

This year they had approximately 18 veterans come and share their stories. Several generations were represented. Some of the veterans included in this year's program were James Neider, Pastor Mark Perkins, Red Robinson, Leonard Gordon, Ray Cianfrini, Clayton Fry and Wallace Kornow.

The event is coordinated by Patricia Trinder, a middle school math teacher, who is running it for the first time by herself. When asked why she wanted to take over coordinating the event she said “I've always felt it was a special thing that needed to be continued.” She'd helped run it in the past, but when Darlene Bakos retired she handed the reins totally over to Trinder.

We asked some of the veterans if they thought other schools should hold events like this one.

“I hope that other schools and communities would really take time to educate people of the value of their veterans,” said Cianfrini.

Kornow, a fellow Oakfield veteran, said, “I think every school should take the opportunity to invite their local veterans to this kind of program.”

Oakfield-Alabama would be delighted to see other schools in the area hold events like this one. If you would like to learn more about Oakfield's celebration, please contact Patricia Trinder. You can email her at ptrinder@oahornets.org

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