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County holds Flag Raising Ceremony to honor Veterans

Author: Douglas Hoover/Friday, June 14, 2019/Categories: General, Legislature

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LOCKPORT― In honor of National Flag Day, Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski presented a flag raising ceremony today unveiling three new flag poles in which the American, State, and County flags were raised in front of the County Courthouse by U.S. military veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

The American flag raised today at the courthouse was sent from Congressman Chris Collins, who flew it over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington in dedication to Niagara County and its veterans in honor of Flag Day.

Jastrzemski, in conjunction with Chairman of Niagara County Legislature Keith McNall and Veterans Service Agency Director Jeff Glatz presented proclamations to each veteran on behalf of Congressman Collins and the County.

Among the veterans honored include: Anthony Moley, U.S. Army 35th Infantry Division, serving in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II; Frank Jastrzemski, U.S. Army, serving in the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War; Don (Doc) James MacSwan, U.S. Army Combat Medic, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Division, and Charlie Company 2nd Platoon in the Vietnam War; Airman First Class Katie L. Graves, U.S. Air Force, serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom during the Iraq War; Clyde L. Burmaster, E-5 Sergeant, U.S. Army 4th Division, 22nd Infantry, 2nd Battalion, and Headquarters Company; and David Godfrey, E-5 Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps., 3rd Marine Amphibious Forces, serving in the TET Offensive in the Vietnam War.

While the flags were being raised, the National Anthem and “God Bless America” were sung by Chief Court Clerk Michael Veruto and NYS Court Officer Sergeant Peter Robinson, respectively.

During the ceremony, Chairman of the Legislature Keith McNall extended his gratitude to all veterans.

“It is today that we need to take a moment and think about the American flag, what it stands for, and what it truly means to be an American. We must as a people, remember that we owe our servicemen and women a debt we can never fully repay,” said McNall.

Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski, who planned the ceremony, also expressed his thanks and purpose for holding this special event. 

“It is important that we honor all of the veterans who served this great country. Our flag symbolizes the precious freedoms that we hold dear, and those freedoms remain because they were fought for by these brave men and women in uniform,” said Jastrzemski.

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