Post Remembers Veterans Day

UTICA-- Utica Post 229 participated in Veterans Day wreath-laying and memorial services on Nov. 11, 2009 at various memorials and monuments around the area.

.Among the stops were:

  • the Purple Heart Monument, where Post Commander Tony Palladino and one of the oldest members of the post, John Loperfido, 92, are shown saluting.
  • the POW/MIA Monument on the Parkway, where the post Color Guard is shown presenting the colors, and Post Commander Tony Palladino and Auxiliary President Theresa Jensen place a wreath.
  • Post 229, where one of the youngest and one of the oldest members posed for a photo: PFC Ben Driscoll, 21, and John Loperfido, 92.
  • the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Parkway, where the Post 229 Color Guard presented colors and the Gold Star Mothers placed a wreath.
  • the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Oneida Square, where PFC Ben Driscoll escorted City Court Judge Ralph Eannace in a wreath-laying ceremony.

Photos by Paul Wojcik and John Driscoll Jr. (Click images for larger views)

Color Gurd
Post 229 Color Guard at POW/MIA Monument on the Parkway.
Saluting
Tony Palladino and John Loperfido salute at Purple Heart Monument.

Post 229 Commander Tony Palladino and Auxiliary President Theresa Jensen lay wreath at POW/MIA Monument on the Parkway. National Guard PFC Ben Driscoll, left, and Staff Sgt. White are escorts.

Post 229 Generations: PFC Ben Driscoll, 21, one of the youngest members of the post, poses with one of the post's oldest members, John Loperfido, 92.

Post 229 Color Guard stands at attention as Gold Star Mothers lay wreath at Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Parkway.

City Court Judge Ralph Eannace helped lay a wreath at Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Next to him is PFC Ben Driscoll of Post 229.