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Fallen Vets honored at Homer Memorial Day service (special newscast)

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On Monday’s special Memorial Day local newscast:

The village of Homer honored fallen Veterans this morning in a Memorial Day ceremony at Glenwood Cemetery that was closed to the public this year due to COVID-19.

American Legion Post 465 Commander Paul Powers was Master of Ceremonies and began with an introduction after the ceremonial raising of the flag by Jay Forbes and Joe Riley from the village police and fire departments.

Powers read a list of area Vets who have passed since last year, then introduced local Vietnam veteran Francis Riter who spoke on this year’s 45th anniversary of that war ending.

A special guest speaker this year was Julie Niederhofer-Fairchild, a Homer nurse at Cayuga Medical Center who took part in their mission to NYC helping fight COVID-19 on the front lines.

Julie was featured on WXHC earlier this month talking about her journey and spoke this morning about her appreciation for the fallen and following in their courageous footsteps.

Homer Legion Auxiliary member MB Kingsley led a special benediction prayer.

Cortland County DA and Naval Reserve Commander Patrick Perfetti laid the memorial wreath at a grave dedicated to all local Veterans who have passed, along with deputy mayor and village trustee Patrick Clune.

Perfetti’s son Vincenzo played TAPS on trumpet alongside Julie McGory. Sophomore Hanna Slade also sang this year’s star spangled banner, all three of whom are students at Homer High School.

From everyone here at WXHC, thank you to all of our brave Veterans, both living and fallen.

On this and every Memorial Day, we recognize that the freedoms we enjoy were only made possible thanks to your great sacrifice.



WXHC footage from this morning’s ceremony:


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