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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.

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Department of Defense -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 New York National Guard responds to historic snowfall in Western New York BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 --For some 375 or so members of the New York National Guard called out to assist in western New York’s snow emergency, the biggest impression was the stark... (more)

Buffalo News -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 Cuomo praises Guardsmen as he again tours Buffalo area As reporters aboard a Thruway Authority dump truck trailed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Friday on a tour of snow-socked Buffalo and its suburbs, Jim Fink of Business First may have best described... (more)

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