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Niskayuna ceremony pays tribute to troops

Emotional event draws nearly 100

World War II veteran Jim Wilson, walks over to campus memorial with flag in hand during the Niskayuna HS Memorial Day Service in honor of American service members who sacrificed their lives for their country, including three of its own graduates killed in Vietnam. 
The ceremony was a tribute to the three Niskayuna graduates who were killed in action in the Vietnam War: Lt. Robert S. Cragin Jr., class of 1962; Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III, class of 1964; and Pfc. Richard W. Starkey, class of 1965. It was held in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9132 Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III Post in Niskayuna.
The ceremony also honored the Niskayuna High School seniors who plan to enter military service upon graduation. Nine members of the Class of 2013 plan to enter the armed forces after high school.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
World War II veteran Jim Wilson, walks over to campus memorial with flag in hand during the Niskayuna HS Memorial Day Service in honor of American service members who sacrificed their lives for their country, including three of its own graduates killed in Vietnam. The ceremony was a tribute to the three Niskayuna graduates who were killed in action in the Vietnam War: Lt. Robert S. Cragin Jr., class of 1962; Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III, class of 1964; and Pfc. Richard W. Starkey, class of 1965. It was held in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9132 Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III Post in Niskayuna. The ceremony also honored the Niskayuna High School seniors who plan to enter military service upon graduation. Nine members of the Class of 2013 plan to enter the armed forces after high school.
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After 21 years, a little rain Friday wouldn’t stop Niskayuna High School from honoring those who served their country, as the school held its annual Memorial Day ceremony. “People ask us why we do this 21 years later. We’ve been out of Vietnam 40 years and it’s a very simple thing: We can’t forget,” said James Wilson, past post commander of the VFW 9132 Lt. Vernon F. Hovey III Post and a U.S. Navy World ...


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