During a commemorative anniversary ceremony honoring the 224th Birthday of former President Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States, Air Force Brig. Gen. Verle L. Johnston, commander, 105th Airlift Wing and Lt. Col. Eric Olsen, chaplain, 42nd Infantry Division, prepare to place a wreath at the base of the Van Buren monument in Kinderhook, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2007.
Van Buren was a native of Kinderhook and served as President from 1837 to 1841.
The event was also attended by area government officials, media and students from Ichabod Crane elementary school.
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