Today is Memorial Day and here in Utica, veterans laid down reefs at various war monuments to honor those who served our country.
They started at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Oneida Square, “One of the first war monuments in the City of Utica, that is why we start here and then we make our way to all the other monuments representing all the different wars.” -Joe Farccola-Commander of Purple Hearts (CNY Chapter 409)
The “soldiers and sailors monument” represents WWI. Reefs were laid down at six other monuments in the city, ” Vietnam Memorial, the POW/MIA Memorial, WWI, WWII and Korean War Monument, Purple Heart Memorial down at Purple Heart in Utica, the Auditorium where we have a battle cross honoring the fallen of all wars and also over to the Captain George A. Wood Postal Facility which will end our ceremonies.” -Farccola
“On this day we honor and remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country so we today can enjoy the liberties that we have.” -Thomas Buono, President, Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 944