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November 11, 2013

Monday's weather a 'small sacrifice' to bear for those marking Veterans Day in the Falls


Niagara Gazette — Ella Dolson shuffled up to the wall after the service with a group of friends and family, black coat and hat, with tears welling up in her eyes as she sought out the name of her husband, Nathan Albert Dolson Jr.

Nathan, a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve with 29 years experience who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered a heart attack and died while on duty at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri in late August. He was 49 years old.

Ella said seeing Nathan's name on the wall brought her some comfort.

"I'm just grateful that he's being honored," she said.

Ella said the community support demonstrated at the ceremony helped the family in coping with their loss.

"I'm overwhelmed," Ella said. "Just ecstatic."

Gloria Dolson-Robertson, Nathan's mother, couldn't hold back as she remembered her son, cold rain drops mixing with her warm tears as they rolled down her cheeks from behind her sunglasses.

"You really don't appreciate or even realize what our service men and women do until it really hits you," she said.

Representatives from Lafarge, one of the many companies and organizations to donate labor or materials to the project, were on hand for the event.

Perry Goldenzi, the company's area manager for Western New York, said the company donated materials in order to show support for service men and women throughout the country.

"We're very proud to be part of the community and participate in any way we can," Galdenzi said.

Veterans of all branches are welcome to purchase a spot on the wall for their name. Applications are available at the city clerk's office, the office of the city council — both in city hall — and at the Old Glory Flag and Banner Co. located at 7350 Porter Road. Each name costs $125.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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