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November 9, 2017 - 2:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in veterans, Veterans Day, news, batavia, east bethany, Le Roy.

The following is a schedule of Veterans Day ceremonies in Genesee County:

Friday, Nov. 10:

  • Noon -- Genesee Community College; Located at 1 College Road, Town of Batavia

Saturday, Nov. 11:

  • 9 a.m.-- Genesee County Park & Forest (Vietnam Veterans of America); Located at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany
  • 10 a.m. -- Batavia VA Medical Center; Located at 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia
  • 10:15 a.m. -- NYS Vets’ Home; Also located at 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia
  • 11 a.m. -- Emory Upton Monument; Located at the junction of Main Street and Ellicott Street (the fork in the road) in Downtown Batavia
  • 11 a.m. -- Trigon Park, Le Roy; Hosted by Le Roy American Legion, will include remarks by Ret. USN Commander Robert “Bob” Kettle
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Jerome Center (UMMC); Located at 16 Bank St., Batavia

Organizations Participating

Genesee County American Legion

Veterans of Foreign Wars of Genesee County

Marine Corps League – Hansen Brothers Detachment

Disabled American Veterans – Chapter #166

Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter #193

American Legion Botts Fioritto Post #576

Genesee Community College

"Honor, respect and guard your freedom for it comes from the BLOOD of those who gave their life for it."

October 23, 2017 - 4:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Veterans Day, batavia, Le Roy, business, news, Announcements.

Press release:

Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer with a store in Batavia and one in Le Roy, announced today that the company will offer military personnel and their immediate families an 11-percent discount off of their grocery bill this Veterans Day.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, Tops Markets will honor an 11-percent discount off of a total order to all veterans and immediate family members in the same household, who shop at any Tops location.

Customers should present proof of service that they, or an immediate family member are a U.S. veteran, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11-percent discount off of their total purchase that day.

“The respect and gratitude we have for the people who serve and have served in the military is immeasurable, and for that we are forever grateful,” said Frank Curci, Tops chairman and chief executive officer.

“We wanted to support local military personnel by giving back to our associates and customers who have courageously defended our country and made many sacrifices through their military service.”

Tops is a longtime supporter of military associates and customers. The company’s actions include support of Honor Flight Missions, Wounded Warriors, American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall, sending care packages for troops serving domestically and overseas, participation in veteran job fairs, parades and expos and a myriad of other veterans events.

November 11, 2016 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Veterans Day, batavia, news.


Today, we stopped by the Batavia VA Center and the Jerome Center for Veterans Day observances.









November 11, 2016 - 7:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Veterans Day, veterans, news.

The men and women who served in the United States military will be honored today at several local ceremonies.

  • 9 a.m. -- Genesee County Park
  • 10 a.m. -- Batavia VA Medical Center
  • 10:30 a.m. -- NYS Veterans Home
  • 11 a.m. -- Upton Monument
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Jerome Center
  • 12:30 p.m. -- Genesee Community College

Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley:

On Veterans Day, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is urging his constituents and all New Yorkers to take some time tomorrow and thank a veteran or current service member for their dedication and sacrifice to preserving our way of life. Hawley, the son of a veteran, served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and Army Reserves and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

“Military service runs deep in my family and Veterans Day will always hold a special place in my heart,” Hawley said. “Whether it be my annual Patriot Trip to Washington, D.C., to give back to local veterans or my efforts in Albany, I try to improve the lives of our active military and veterans consistently throughout the year.

"Our veterans display a tremendous amount of sacrifice and dedication to preserving our way of life and their actions have helped shape our country into the pinnacle of liberty and success. I encourage all my constituents and New Yorkers alike to take time tomorrow to thank a veteran for their service and pray for those who are still fighting overseas.”       

Hawley is a true champion in Albany for our current and retired military members and serves as the Ranking Republican Member of the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Hawley sponsors several pieces of legislation to make the “Campaign Service Medal” more inclusive, help veterans start small businesses, and remove admission fees for veterans to state parks. Hawley also played a pivotal role in ushering in the Veterans Buy-back Bill that allows vets to purchase up to three years of military service back from the state in exchange for a credit toward their public pension.

November 11, 2014 - 5:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Veterans Day.

There were six Veterans Day ceremonies in Genesee County today. Here are photos from three of them: The VA Center, the Upton Monument, and the War Memorial at St. Jerome's.

November 10, 2014 - 6:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Veterans Day.

Tomorrow's ceremonies:

  • 9 a.m. Genesee County Park
  • 10 a.m. Batavia VA Medical Center
  • 10:15 a.m. New York State Veteran’s Home
  • 11 a.m. Upton Monument
  • 11:30 a.m. Jerome Center
  • 12 a.m. Genesee Community College

Participating organizations:

  • American Legion – Glenn Loomis Post #332
  • Disabled American Veterans – Chapter #166
  • Marine Corps League – Hanson Brothers Detachment
  • Veterans Of Foreign Wars – Of Genesee County
  • Vietnam Veterans Of America – Chapter #193
November 11, 2013 - 3:44pm
posted 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.

November 11, 2012 - 8:43pm
posted 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.

November 11, 2012 - 12:42pm
posted 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.

November 9, 2012 - 4:55pm
posted 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.
November 11, 2011 - 3:28pm
posted 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.

November 11, 2010 - 2:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Veterans Day.


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.



More pictures after the jump:

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

November 11, 2010 - 7:47am
posted 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
November 11, 2009 - 5:04pm
posted 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.



November 11, 2009 - 9:50am
posted 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 [email protected]

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