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November 11, 2013

Shoreline Byline by Betty Haag

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Today is Veterans Day. I know the kids may think it’s just another day off from school, but let’s try to remember the real reason. Veterans Day always falls on Nov. 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I in 1918. All veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the earth, America’s veterans have served with distinction. With courage, self-sacrifice, and devotion to our nation and to one another, they represent the American character at its best.

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The Martin F. Jennings Post 836 of the American Legion will hold its Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the flagpole in Greenwood Cemetery on Harbor Street. The guest speaker will be Iraq War Veteran Chris Krieger, president and CEO of Western New York Heroes. This year’s ceremony is dedicated to Michael Witcop, 1st Lt. U.S. Air Force. Witcop was from Wilson and was killed in South Vietnam 45 years ago, on Oct. 25, 1968. They will also honor the legionnaires who passed away this year: Edward Allgeier, Donald Stewart, Larry Peet and Thomas Bateman Jr. Commander Pettit would like to encourage everyone to attend this ceremony to honor all veterans.

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Thank you to everyone who voted. The election inspectors who worked at the Wilson Fire Company 1 have three special voters we would like to thank. Diana and Doyle Phillips went out of their way to bring us coffee and donuts that morning. We also had Bill McInerney go out of his way to bring us pizza from his shop, Billy Macs in Ransomville. The election inspectors would like to throw out a big thank you for your generosity at making our day better.

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