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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

Syracuse Post Standard -- Thu, 23 Oct 2014

The man atop a burning truck: As Guardsman’s rescuers are honored, the answer to a question

For Kevin Harrigan, a long-awaited reunion Saturday also brought an answer to a lingering question. Less than 11 months ago, he was one of the motorists who stopped along the New York State... (more)

Times Union -- Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Duty Calls: Queensbury staff sergeant earns German military award

New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffery Dorvee of Queensbury has earned a German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge following two days of competition at Camp Smith Training Site, Peekskill.

National Guard.mil -- Thu, 23 Oct 2014

New Yorks 106th Rescue Wing base honor guard sets a high bar

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. - With 619 funerals conducted in the 2013-14 fiscal year, the 106th Rescue Wing’s Base Honor Guard is the busiest honor guard team in the Air National Guard.

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