VFW Assists In Lanigan Veteran’s Day Ceremony


FULTON, NY – Several members of the Fulton VFW Post #569 were guests at Lanigan Elementary School’s morning program where they held a moving POW/MIA ceremony to commemorate Veteran’s Day at the school.

Aaron Koproski, a teacher at the school helped arrange for the Veteran’s to present the ceremony.

Members of the Fulton VFW Post #569 presented the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Remembrance Ceremony. The table symbolized the fact that members of the armed forces are still missing and the ceremony explained the significance of each of the items on the table and what they represented. Representatives from Post #569 are left to right: Bill Hines, James Weinhold, Bruno Kramarz, and Doug Davis. Charles Callen, who also attended the ceremony, is not pictured.

The symbolic ceremony honors Prisoners of War and those soldiers Missing In Action (POW/MIA). A table is set for one to symbolize the frailty of one prisoner alone against his suppressors, with a white tablecloth to symbolize the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.

A single rose displayed in the vase reminds us of the families and friends of our missing `brothers’ who keep faith while awaiting their return. The red ribbon tied prominently on the vase reminds us of the red ribbons worn on the lapels and breast of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our brothers who are not among us. A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.  Salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait. The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us today. The chair is empty, they are not here. The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to light the way home, away from their captors to the open arms of a grateful nation. Let us pray that all our “brothers” will soon again be with us.

Individual classes at Lanigan Elementary School will study more about Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices made by those men and women who have served this nation.

A community Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at the monument on South First Street in Fulton. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.