Passing by the Minne-Ha-Ha, the ship's steam-fired calliope played "God Bless America" while employees of the Lake George Steamboat Co., dressed in black and white, stood at attention. Nearby, several Fort William Henry 1750s war re-enactors saluted the hearse.
Farther southwest lining the streets, was a crowd of firefighters in full dress, including those from Warrensburg, Lake George, North Queensbury and Riverside, who stood in tribute to Osborn under another giant American flag hung from extended ladders of both Lake George and West Glens Falls fire departments' tower trucks.
The motorcade continued up Fort George Rd. and Rte. 9 south to Quaker Rd, then east to Regan & Denny Funeral home, where calling hours were set for 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday for Osborn's relatives and friends, Lake George Town Supervisor Frank McCoy said.
"This was one of the most moving experiences of my entire life and I'm sure it was for hundreds of others in the region," he said. "The folks of Lake George and Queensbury really came together and expressed a unforgettable tribute to Ben Osborn, our fallen hero."