‘Thank you’ to veterans, attendees of Victory museum celebration

Civil War re-enactors Mel Reid, of Washington D.C., and Louis Carter, of Camp Spring Maryland, prepare to lay a wreath by the grave of soldier Charles Parker as members of the 3rd and 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B stand by during a graveside salute to the veterans of the United States colored troops at Soldiers' National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 2013. in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Paul Kuehnel)

Civil War re-enactors Mel Reid, of Washington D.C., and Louis Carter, of Camp Spring Maryland, prepare to lay a wreath by the grave of soldier Charles Parker as members of the 3rd and 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B stand by during a graveside salute to the veterans of the United States colored troops at Soldiers’ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 2013. in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Paul Kuehnel)

Christopher Sayles, sixth-grader at Weedsport Elementary School, read the Gettysburg Address this fall at the Lincoln monument in Gettysburg National Cemetery. The address was given by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago on Nov. 19, 1863. It was to be “a few select words” by Lincoln that day, as another orator talked for hours, but most of us can still recite many of the lines of the Gettysburg Address even though we learned it back in school many years ago.

One of my favorite quotes from the Civil War came from Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, of Maine, and it’s appropriate for any battle, any war: “In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.”

Thanks to those who attended our Veterans Day program at Victory. We had members of all branches of the service who stood and saluted when the heard their service song. The firehouse was full with young and old alike. Thanks to the Sennett Saddle 4-H Club, under the direction of Robin Bartholomew, who greeted people, furnished and served refreshments, and helped re-stack about 100 chairs after the program.

John Lamphere, featured speaker, talked about the history of Veterans Day and the story of our “Star-Spangled” national anthem, which was originally an English “drinking song“! We learned a lot, as usual, and his presentation was well-received. Thanks, John.

This undated image made available by the Library of Congress shows part of the "Nicolay Copy" version of the five known drafts of President Abraham Lincoln's Nov. 19, 1863 speech in Gettysburg, Pa. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was given at the dedication of a memorial cemetery at the battlefield site. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)

This undated image made available by the Library of Congress shows part of the “Nicolay Copy” version of the five known drafts of President Abraham Lincoln’s Nov. 19, 1863 speech in Gettysburg, Pa. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was given at the dedication of a memorial cemetery at the battlefield site. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)

With the help of my grandson, Tom Sayles, we showed the Gettysburg trip video show and the Vietnam Veterans Tribute Ride video show. Many Vietnam-era veterans attended and enjoyed the show. They did ride their motorcycles “through wind and rain and gloom of day” this past July. Thanks for their perseverance and their service!

Many of us and our veterans went out to lunch after, as the veterans were treated to a free meal at most area restaurants on Veterans Day. Thanks to those establishments who participated in this “thank you” to our veterans.

The Victory Village Museum is closed for the winter now, except by appointment and weather-permitting. Again, if you have any scrapbooks, collections, pictures or memorabilia of the town of Victory you would like to loan or donate, please call or email me anytime. We appreciate your patronage. Have a joyous holiday season with family and friends!

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