Historic Oswego wrote another chapter in its centuries old relationship with the U.S. Army. Representatives from the Army and the city of Oswego signed a partnership agreement August 23 as part of the Army’s Partnership for Youth Success program. The partnership will guarantee U.S. Army veterans a job interview when they apply for any city government job opportunity.
For the fourth year, the Fulton boys’ lacrosse team paired with the Fulton American Legion to place flags on the graves of all buried veterans resting at Mount Adnah and St. Mary’s cemeteries. Put together along with the cooperation and guidance of the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. and Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, the group has grown to incorporate more volunteers. This year, the Fulton Fire Department volunteered its time as several firefighters participated to help honor the heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice. For the youth, veterans, firemen, all individuals who participated, the consensus was clear: it’s an honor.
At a special program the day before Veterans’ Day, Leighton Elementary welcomed several veterans to a patriotic program that involved the entire school. Several of the veterans received special honors from their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are students at FLS.
On Memorial Day, Monday May 30, the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War honored the men and women who served in the Army and Navy during the American Civil War 1861-1865.
The following stories first appeared in 2000. We are re-running them now in response to some calls we received regarding Sgt. Shoup. He was also recognized by one of the speakers at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies.
Oswego veterans were joined by dozens in Veterans’ Memorial Park Monday to pay tribute to their fallen comrades. A small, poignant ceremony was held earlier at the west end of the Utica Street Bridge to honor Gold Star Mothers.
Battle of the Bulge group among largest contingent of single campaign veterans to be granted this recognition. It is also the first multi-member group to receive honor. John Canale, the group’s founder, will represent the group at a ceremony to be held in Albany on June 14, Flag Day.
The Oz Roller Girls, the community’s new flat-track women’s roller derby league, has blocked out time to address a number of community causes, from hunger to veteran support to animal welfare. Leading up to their first bout, the team mounted a food drive to support the Oswego Salvation Army food services that help hungry families in the community.
The Dec. 7 ceremony held at the American Legion Hall in Minetto included a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute. And, a special Thank a Service Member medallion was presented to the American Legion members in honor of their service to our country.
Veterans, friends and family gather to observe Veterans’ Day. The flags at Veterans’ Memorial Park were retired until next spring.