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National Guard Honors 'Old Kinderhook'

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.

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Department of Defense -- Wed, 22 Apr 2015 Guardsmen Train During Force-On-Force Exercise Airmen receive a mission briefing before participating in a "force on force" exercise during training on Camp Smith, New York, April 12, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the New... (more)

Ar my.mil -- Tue, 21 Apr 2015 New York, New Jersey National Guard rehearse terror attack response JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (April 20, 2015) -- More than 800 Soldiers and Airmen from the New York and New Jersey National Guard tested their ability to respond to terrorist attacks... (more)

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