Military veterans from World War II, in addition to the Korean, Vietnam wars and those in the Middle East joined Niagara County officials at a Flag Day ceremony on Friday.
The office of Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, provided the flag, which had been flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.. The flag was hoisted Friday alongside the Legislature's Chairman Keith McNall, R-Lockport, and Veterans Service Agency Director Jeff Glatz.
Proclamations were given to each veteran on behalf of Collins and the legislature.
The honorees included:
• Anthony Moley, U.S. Army 35th Infantry Division, who served in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II;
• Frank Jastrzemski, U.S. Army, who served in the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War;
• Don (Doc) James MacSwan, U.S. Army Combat Medic, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Division, and Charlie Company 2nd Platoon in the Vietnam War;
• Airman First Class Katie L. Graves, U.S. Air Force, who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom during the Iraq War;
• Vice Chairman of the Legislature Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Sanborn, E-5 Sergeant, U.S. Army 4th Division, 22nd Infantry, 2nd Battalion, and Headquarters Company; and
• Legislator David Godfrey, R-Wilson, E-5 Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps., 3rd Marine Amphibious Forces, serving in the TET Offensive in the Vietnam War.
Chief Court Clerk Michael Veruto and NYS Court Officer Sergeant Peter Robinson sang the "National Anthem" and “God Bless America," respectively, while the flag was raised.
McNall commended the veterans for their service, saying: "We must as a people, remember that we owe our servicemen and women a debt we can never fully repay."
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski planned the ceremony.
"Our flag symbolizes the precious freedoms that we hold dear, and those freedoms remain because they were fought for by these brave men and women in uniform,” he said.