Although Veteran’s Day was cold and snowy, it didn’t stop community leaders, family members, friends and city residents from gathering together in the Community Room at city hall to recognize the Veterans and those that did not return from their mission to protect our country. With rifle in hand some Veterans stayed outside and braved the cold to fire a special salute. Several individuals spoke from the heart on this day of special recognition, including Father Fuchs, Mayor Woodward, representatives of the Veteran’s Council, Ray Caprin of the Fulton Elks and Legislator Jim Karasek.
As a continuation of Veteran’s Day on Saturday the Fulton Music Association, once again, hosted what has become a tradition, a combined concert with the Fulton Community Band and 10th Mountain Division Band from Fort Drum. Both bands entertained a capacity crowd with both lively and inspirational music.
Several members of the Fort Drum band had just reunited with the band after returning home from Afghanistan. One member in particular, soloist Linda Woulfe, brought the crowd to their feet with her stirring renditions of classics.
The last portion of the program brought both bands on stage together at which time they recognized each branch of service with their theme songs. As each branch was recognized, Veterans and in some cases a family member in the audience stood up to be recognized. It was an extremely emotional moment as they were appreciated and applauded for their service to our country.
Let us all keep in our hearts, minds and prayers the soldiers that fight for our freedom today and all of those who came before them.
Bob & Sandy Weston