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National Guard Honors 'Old Kinderhook'
Photo by Pvt. 1st Class Jeremy Bratt, Joint Forces Headquarters--New York
KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy (at left), Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, and Chaplain (Col) Eric Olsen, New York State Chaplain, salute after laying a wreath at the gravesite of US President Martin VanBuren on Friday December 4th 2009.
The wreath laying, to mark the 227th anniversary of his birth on Dec. 5, 1782, is conducted each year by the New York National Guard at the request of the White House. Wreaths are laid on each president's grave on the anniversary of their birth.

Van Buren, who was born, lived and died in Kinderhook, was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" by political supporters. Reportedly he signed approved paperwork with an "OK" which evolved into OK as a phrase indicating that things are good.

NY National Guard In the News

Associated Press -- Thu, 24 Apr 2014

NY Army Guard helicopter unit gets new commander

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A 22-year veteran of the U.S. military has been named commander of an upstate New York-based Army National Guard aviation unit with elements currently serving in the Persian... (more)

Army Times -- Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Ex-cop named N.Y. Army Guard’s top enlisted soldier

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A retired Rochester police officer who served in the Iraq War has been selected to become the next senior enlisted soldier in the New York Army National Guard. Officials... (more)

DefenseVisual Information Distribution System -- Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Deskins: Military leadership committed to fixing sexual harassment, assault

WASHINGTON - Bare walls dominate the office décor, evidence that the newest tenant has recently moved in. “I’m still getting used to it,” says Air Force Brig. Gen.... (more)

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