Veterans Day

CELORON- Veterans and residents of Celoron paid their respects for those who wore and continue to wear a U.S. military uniform.

Despite the cold, frigid air that enveloped Lucille Ball Memorial Park on Monday, Herman Kent Post 777 remained dedicated in its annual memorial service, complete with a 21-gun salute and a roll call of wartime casualties, each name coinciding with a balloon let go into the sky.

“(This service) means a lot to us,” said Deputy Mayor Norman Mattison, who addressed the crowd with a poignant speech on the remembrance of veterans and the work of former mayor, John M. “Jack” Keeney, who was an avid supporter of local veterans.

Lt. Colonel Paul Fardink, a veteran and Ashville native, gave the main address for the service, providing a broader context to Veterans Day, and the kind of people who’ve earned the distinction of “veteran.”

“Veterans come from small towns and big cities in every corner of the United States. They weren’t born in uniform. They are simple Americans,” Fardink said. “Regardless of your political views, I think we might all agree … that without our veterans … America would not be America.”

In addition to this service, The Resource Center held an event to honor all its employees who served in the armed forces. Attendees included Andy Goodell, New York state assemblyman and Jacqueline Chiarot, representative for U.S. Congressman Tom Reed.

“This was just a way to show our appreciation to those who have served,” said Steve Waterson, director of community relations, marketing and development for The Resource Center.