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County holds Veterans Day services

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting salutes the flag during the Veterans Day ceremony in Wadhams.

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting salutes the flag during the Veterans Day ceremony in Wadhams. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Veterans and families gathered at the Essex County Veteran’s Cemetery on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor those who served and continue to serve their country.

The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Wadhams site, which was created in May of 2006, was attended by around 50 people.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew, representing the county as a member of the Cemetery Board, read the official Veterans Day proclamation by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, followed by Kim Matthews playing patriotic songs and the Hymn, “Amazing Grace,” on the bagpipes, a firing squad salute and the playing of “Taps.”

The color guard and firing squad consisted of members from American Legion posts 1319 and 551.

Currently, there are 24 veterans who have been laid to rest at the Essex County Veteran’s Cemetery, including veterans from World War II to the Persian Gulf War and members of each branch of the military.

The Legion also announced that there would be a wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

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