Thursday, May 2, 2013

LeRoy Post Honors WWII Veterans

World War II veterans
Botts-Fiorito Post 576 in LeRoy hosted a ceremony honoring World War II veterans on April 21. Some 23 WWII vets were in attendance, The Batavian reported. NY Department Commander Timothy S. Van Patten was on hand, along with 8th District Vice Commander John Lang and other distinguished guests, including Congressman Christopher Collins.

Past Post Commander Gary Gavenda gave welcoming remarks. Genesee County Chaplain Don Nagle offered an invocation, which was followed by a POW-MIA Ceremony. Then Post Commander  Donald Schafer gave opening remarks, followed by remarks by Dick Ladd, whose idea it was to hold such an event. He addressed the “Special Guests of Honor” and set the stage  for the remainder of the event. Post Adjutant Don Vescovi read off the “Roll Call” of the World War II veterans in attendance.  They came from Batavia, Pavilion, Stafford, Bergen and LeRoy.
A short presentation was given  by “Honor Flight-Rochester” outlining the details for WW II Veterans to travel to Washington, D.C,  to visit the WWII Memorials and other attractions.  This was followed by a “social hour”.

The closing ceremony included a ”Remembrance of those no longer with us…” by Post Chaplain Gary Bassett, followed by playing of “Taps” by Samantha Platek. All joined in to the “Salute to the Colors,” which was followed by the singing of “God Bless America” led by Jenna Diskin and Chaplain Bassett.

Photo and press release submitted to The Batavian by Jerry Diskin
WWII veterans
Some of the WWII vets with Dept Cmdr Tim Van Patten (center rear).