Paladino Selected As ‘Miss Veterans Poppy’

Kaydance Paladino, of Falconer, was selected as the 1st United Veterans Council of Jamestown’s “Miss Veterans Poppy” for the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony in Jamestown. The United Veterans Council of Jamestown selected the young lady to represent all veterans of all generations and wars coming together to unite.

Paladino enjoys attending school as a fourth-grader at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary in Falconer. Outside of school she is very active. She enjoys reading, soccer, dance and the outdoors. She really loves going 4-wheeling and camping. She enjoys helping to take care of and playing with her several cousins. Her love for animals has her interested in becoming a veterinarian when she gets older. On the side she wishes to be a massage therapist. She loves hearing veterans’ stories and is very involved with activities at the Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Chapter 865 location, in support of VVA Chapter 865, VMW Chapter 20 and their Support the Troops Program.

During the Memorial Day parade in Jamestown, she was driven by Daniel Schwob of Frewsburg, grandson of George G. Schwob Sr., in his 2008 Corvette convertible. Linda VanBoven, of Jamestown, escorted her during the parade and the “placing of the wreath” at Soldier’s Circle in Lakeview Cemetery. VanBoven is a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a communications/electronics supply Corporal and also as the 1st Female Sargent Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army. She is an active member of the Jamestown Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865.

Kaydance is the daughter of Joe Paladino, Iraqi War veteran and president of Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown, and Melodie Paladino, of Falconer. She is the granddaughter of Gerald and Kathi Paladino, of Jamestown, and Barry and April Reynolds, of Falconer.