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11/11: Honoring veterans

In Florida, an early start on commemoration

Steve Stacy, of Amsterdam, a Marine Corps veteran, touches the new paver stone in honor of PFC Edward Steffek, an Amsterdam Marine killed in Vietnam War, during a Veteran's Day Ceremony at Veteran's Memorial Park in the town of Florida on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Steve Stacy, of Amsterdam, a Marine Corps veteran, touches the new paver stone in honor of PFC Edward Steffek, an Amsterdam Marine killed in Vietnam War, during a Veteran's Day Ceremony at Veteran's Memorial Park in the town of Florida on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
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Jim Yermas knelt down Sunday afternoon in the Town of Florida Veterans Park and shifted a paving stone engraved with the name of an old friend into a small, square void. It slid down tight, like a key in a lock, flush with scores of other stones holding the names of other men and women. “I knew Ed,” he said. “We grew up here together. We used to pal around.” Many other institutions across the ...


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