TO THE EDITOR: I would like to publicly thank those who participated and supported our Dec. 15 Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Old Post Cemetery in Plattsburgh and the ceremonies at Riverside and Mount Carmel for local Medal of Honor recipients.
They were well attended and memorable. As with last year, I am proud of how our local veterans organizations worked together to honor the fallen, donating their time, talents and resources.
Our gratitude goes out to, but is not limited to: Trudeau Tree Farm for our lovely Christmas tree, the City of Plattsburgh, Veterans of Foreign War Post 1466, Disabled American Veterans Post 179, American Legion Posts 912 and 20, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Honor Guard, Battle of Plattsburgh Association and Museum, Police Pipes & Drums of Plattsburgh, SUNY Plattsburgh ROTC, 15th U.S. Infantrymen 1814 and other re-enactors, New York State Guard, the 40 & 8, Clinton County Veterans Service Office and the American Military Retirees Association National Headquarters.
The Old Post Cemetery is the final resting place for 163 known soldiers and many family members. Thomas Kelly, Medal of Honor recipient, is laid to rest here; it is the location of our nation’s first Tomb of the Unknowns, where Battle of Plattsburgh soldiers and sailors are interred.
The wreaths placed were purchased by members of the public, and you may order for next year’s Dec. 14 event now at wreathsacrossamerica.org using Cemetery code NYOPCP and Sponsor code NYAMRA01.
KATHY L. BAUMGARTEN
Lake Champlain Chapter NY1
American Military Retirees Association
TO THE EDITOR: Our granddaughter received an “Obama Doll” for Christmas. After the holiday, I discard unwanted ones; first time a new doll leaves our home.
Not to desecrate the landfill, I will place it at a street corner indicating location of the welfare office; a symbolic gesture surely to be admired by all liberals.