Veterans, families and friends gathered to enjoy selections of historical patriotic music performed this afternoon by the Oneonta Community Concert Band at it’s 17th annual Salute To Veterans Concert at the Foxcare Center. Above, local veterans Tony Drago, Army, and John Brooks, Air Corps, applaud as the band finishes “Hail To The Spirit of Liberty” by John Philip Sousa. At right, Gretchen Becker, Walton, on tuba, and percussionists Ben Wendrow, Oneonta, and Dave Geasey, Oneonta, perform “The Official West Point March” by Philip Egner. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The color guard marches up Neahwa Park’s Veterans Walkway this morning to the cluster of war memorials. From left are Bernie White, Oneonta; Harry Martin, Otego; Doug Walters, Oneonta; George Sluti, Oneonta, and Gary Ballard, Davenport.
As the National Anthem plays, Victor Bronner, Morris, tom McMillen, Morris,and Gary Walters, Oneonta, stand at attention.
Bradley Osborne, Oneonta, with wife Rosella, salutes at today’s ceremony.
Gina Baxter, Davenport, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, puts her arm on grandson Julian Gambino’s shoulder.
Mayor Gary Herzig thanks veterans who “brought their leadership skills home to build stronger families, businesses and communities.” At left is Wayne Gregory.
The rifle detail and honor guard included, from left, George Sluti and Rob Osborne, both of Oneonta, Doug Baxter, Davenport, and Jim Spence.
Back in the welcome warmth of the Veterans’ Club on Chestnut Street, Oneontans Fred and Ellie Hickein, Tony Moore and Bernie White help themselves at the buffet.
Cooperstown Vets Club President David Sanford leads the local veterans in this morning’s parade up Main Street and down Pine Boulevard to the Doughboy Statue.
Larry Guzy wields a fire ax marching with the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department.
Veterans Jim Boyd and Jerry Goldmiller pass the Otsego County Courthouse on the La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux float
Vets’ Club Commander John Famulare and Auxiliary President Mary Balcolm preside at this morning’s Veterans Day commemoration at the foot of the Doughboy Statue at the bottom of Pine Boulevard this morning, across Lake Street from The Otesaga.
With the mercury in the 20s, Eve Lytel snuggles against mom Beth. Dad Ron is behind them at this morning’s ceremony.
Mike Boyson, former commander, leads today’s three-gun salute.
Jason Furnari of the CCS Marching Band sounds the taps at this morning’s ceremony, and as the strains fade…
…brother Jesse Furnari echoes taps on his companion trumpet.
The following Otsego County Businesses would like to express their gratitude to the Veterans who have done so much for the people of this country.