Home › AllOTSEGO › c-veterans parade c-veterans parade 11/11/2016 AllOTSEGO c-veterans parade Jerry Gomiller, state commander of the 40 & 8 ( “La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux”), drove the veteran group’s distinctive float in this morning’s parade. With him were wife Laura and veteran Robert van Alstine, Laurens. Thomas “Stretch” Reddick and Glenn Falk drove the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department’s antique truck. Cooperstown firefighter Frank Liberati, an Army veteran from 1976-79, again carries the flag for the department. He is flanked by Scott Gage, left, and Matt Burnett. Korean veteran Doug Walrath, the retired Cooperstown village clerk, and wife Peg reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day. In front of the Doughboy, American Legion Commander John Famulare, Auxiliary Commander Sandy Dunn, and Chaplain Dave Jackson preside at Cooperstown’s Veterans Day ceremonies this morning. Members of BSA Troop 47, Springfield Center, bow their heads during the invocation. Maria Ajello of Toddsville attended with other members of the Cooperstown Vets Club auxiliary. Her husband, Kenneth, a decorated Vietnam veteran, died in 2009 from ailments resulting from exposure to Agent Orange, the wife has said. American Legion Commander John Famulare keeps a watchful eye on the flames consuming retired Stars & Stripes. Veteran Doug Walker fires a single-gun salute At right is Bruce Maxson, firefighter, county public defender and village trustee. Kylie Sala covers her ears in anticipation of Doug Walker’s salute. Her mom, Tricia Sala, accompanied her. Grace LeCates and Will Freidman on trombones, and Chris Mateunas on tuba sound the National Anthem with the rest of the CCS marching band. Alison Phillips, Fly Creek, donned her father Douglas Reid’s weathered leather jacket from his military service.