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Mountain community honors its veterans

STONY CREEK A color guard of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Co. and the American Legion William J. Varney Post No. 862 led a small parade of firefighters and emergency squad members on Memorial Day from Stony Creek and Thurman up Stony Creeks main road to the Emerson Baker monument at the town park. There, under a crystal-clear blue sky, Pastor Rex Fullam and Father Charles Gaffigan placed a memorial wreath in front of the monument. The people who encircled the marchers bowed their heads as Gaffigan, pastor of the Holy Infancy Church in Lake Luzerne, offered a prayer. Town Councilman William Liebl, himself a veteran, explained that Emerson Baker is the only known Stony Creek resident who lost his life while serving in the armed forces. Baker was killed during World War II in the Normandy Invasion. Liebl said that the town board is planning a monument to all of the veterans from Stony Creek as a fitting tribute to their service. Town supervisor, Frank Thomas, spoke of respect for the members of the armed forces. Let us remember the sacrifice of those young men and woman, lives given and lives changed forever, he said. Rev. Fullam, pastor of the Knowlhurst Baptist Church, recalled the words of the prophet Isaiah foretelling the day of justice when the sun will no longer go down, but the Lord will be your everlasting light. John Cronkhite, commander of the American Legion Post, cranked one round at a time with the bolt action of his Springfield 30-06 and three shots boomed out over the quiet crowd, followed by the sweet recorded sound of Taps.

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