Veterans' Day at NYS Fair Honors Past, Welcomes New Military Forces

Aug 28, 2014

Troops were out in force at Veterans' Day at the New York State Fair Thursday.
Troops were out in force at Veterans' Day at the New York State Fair Thursday.
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  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.

“He fought through 25 years and 11 heart attacks and died 3 years ago.”

Thoughts were also with current US Armed Forces involved in several conflicts.  

Jim Ransom of Cleveland, NY attended Veterans' Day at New York State Fair Thursday.
Jim Ransom of Cleveland, NY attended Veterans' Day at New York State Fair Thursday.
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  Jim Ransom from Cleveland, New York was a rifleman in the US Marine Corps.  He urged people in attendance to contact their congressional representatives to stop the federal sequester.

“The military is being almost dismantled right now.  If anytime we need to be reinforced at this time”

Some of the newest members of the armed forces in Central New York were duly sworn-in at the close of the ceremony at the Fair.  

Color Guard at Veterans' Day ceremony
Color Guard at Veterans' Day ceremony
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  Military families of loved ones were also present,  including Gold Star Mothers who have lost sons or daughters to war.