Veterans Take Part In Area Observances
Hundreds of people in the city of Jamestown paid tribute to those who've fought for our country. YNN's Mark Goshgarian shows us how the community honored the area's men and women in uniform.
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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — At the 11th hour, On the 11th day, Of the 11th month...
"We celebrate all those veterans still living and those who are gone... and a day of reflection on their service and what we all need to remember that what we enjoy today in this country is because of those veterans who served," said Ron Cotten, Veterans Memorial Commission Chairman.
Several veterans and community members gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Jamestown on Sunday to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform who've died.
"Well, its a sad day because we're honoring people that were before us that passed away whether in battle or by just natural causes, but they were still a comrade," said Marcello Rotunda, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 53 Commander.
Members of the American Legion Post 149 firing squad made their way down Third Street to join other veterans groups for the presentation of colors, followed by an-all veterans prayer service at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown.
"It's tradition, number one, and there are people like myself that really, really believe in the American way, our way of life," said William Pihl, Post 149 Firing Squad Commander.
Veterans capped off the day's events inside Lakeview Cemetery to honor all living members of the military and remember the hundreds of war vets buried in soldier's circle.
"And if we forget, we're back to square one, we're back to fighting with sticks and stones and arguing with each other, this is one way to unite everybody," said Greg Hopkins, AMVETS Post 726 Commander.