It was as if Veterans' Day came early today during a ceremony in Syracuse to honor Veterans and those currently serving in the US Armed Forces. The State Fair is honoring veterans with a day reserved just for them. Among all of the flags waving in the breeze special attention was paid to our nation’s flag and the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
Veteran Harold Mundstock of North Syracuse served in Vietnam and was teary-eyed thinking about those he served… and his wife’s brother who served 27 years in the US Air Force and then contracted Agent Orange.
On the 80th Anniversary of Women’s Day at the New York State Fair… Leading ladies have returned to Central New York to inspire and empower women. Syracuse native Yvonne Conte began as a stand-up comic but has been motivating and encouraging women through motivational speaking for almost 20 years. She was the keynote speaker for today’s annual luncheon.
The renovation of older buildings in Syracuse and Upstate New York could face a more uncertain future without a popular economic development tool. Those hoping to save the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit form the chopping block in Congress gathered Tuesday in the Persian Terrace at the Hotel Syracuse to sound the alarm. The hotel’s lead developer Ed Riley has his credit already in hand, and says the project wouldn’t be possible without it.
The rights of women from voting to employment and other rights are being celebrated today. It was on this date 94 years ago that the right for women to vote in the U-S was made official. Retired educator and businesswoman Marilyn Bero is on the Board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. She wonders if younger women realize the struggles their fore-mothers fought through.
Amid the fun and food at the state fair Friday was a sobering moment of remembrance and reflection for the six law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty during the past year. Bricks bearing their names were added to memorial in front of the horticulture building. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was on hand for the ceremony on law enforcement day, which was attended by family and friends of the fallen troopers and officers.