Veteran's Day Dedication Ceremony 2012
Veterans' Day ceremonies, in 2012, were highlighted by the dedication of our new monument to the over 300 Revolutionary War Patriots buried in St. Lawrence County, NY. This monument is located in Groulx Park, Ogdensburg, NY, where a grateful community pays tribute to those who served in World Wars I and II, the Persian Gulf War, the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, and the Global War on Terrorism. Also in this park are a stone cairn in memory of Charles A. Groulx, killed in France, in 1918, and a marble bench in memory of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Nicholas J. Sovie who died in a helicopter training exercise in 2006 in the Gulf of Aden, near Djibouti.
Our new monument was made possible through funds from our Swe-kat-si Chapter members and generous donations from Witherbee and Whalen, Inc., the City of Ogdensburg, NY, Northern NY Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion Posts 69, 420, and 1342, VFW Post 2936, AmVets Posts 19, and 1997, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 69, Mort Backus and Sons, Inc., and Preston and Joan Carlisle.
Swe-kat-si regent, Sally White Hartman, delivered the address after a brief ceremony performed by project chair, Jennifer Baird Bixby, carrying the Betsy Ross flag, SAR members Joel Bixby and John Miller III as Color Guard preceded by fifer Robin Duncan and drummer Chris Remick. About 150 people attended.
Captions for photos:
1. Project Chair Jennifer Baird Bixby, photo courtesy of the artist Don Merritt
2. Our cast of performers, photo courtesy of the artist Kyle Hartman. Left to right: SAR member John Miller III, Regent Sally White Hartman, SAR member Joel Bixby, Project Chair Jennifer Baird Bixby, Long Rapids Fife and Drum Corps members Robin Duncan and Chris Remick.
3. Some of our donors, photo courtesy of the artist Don Merritt.
4. SAR members and representatives of various area veterans' organizations that donated to our project. Photo courtesy of the artist Don Merritt.