QUEENSBURY, NY (12/24/2009)-- Led by New York Army National Guard Soldiers Pfc. Matthew Jones (left) an Albany resident, and Pfc. Seth Wieland, who lives in South Glens Falls; almost 100 New York Army National Guard Soldiers and Civilian set out on a 3.8 mile hike that began and ended at the Queensbury Readiness Center on the morning of Christmas Eve.
This is the sixth time that area Soldiers, veterans, and military families have met to conduct a Road March in support of Soldiers deployed away from their homes during Christmas.
The tradition began in 2004 when Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion 108th infantry, who had been assigned to the Glens Falls Armory , were serving in Iraq over Christmas. Sgt. 1st Class Arthur Coons, the local recruiter organized a road march, the military term for a hike, to remember the Soldiers who were not at home and instead overseas. Since then the march has continued.
"We want them to know we are keeping them and their service in mind this season. We wanted to take some time out to remember them and what they are doing for our nation far from home and seperated from those who love them," Coon said.
New York State Sen. Elizabeth Little, who represent the region, was one of those attending this years march ,which was also covered by local television stations and newspapers.
The Guard members came from the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, the 466th Area Medical Company, and the 1427th Medium Truck Company, the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, and the 206th Military Police Company.
DMNA Press Releases
NY National Guard In the News
CBS BOSTON -- Thu, 16 Nov 2017 Soldier Who Got Kyrie Irving Jersey: "It Was So Unreal" FRAMINGHAM (CBS) New York National Guard Sgt. Josenia Figueroa says she still cant believe Celtics guard Kyrie Irving gave her his game jersey after the teams 13th straight win Tuesday.
Associated Press -- Thu, 16 Nov 2017 Top enlisted leader of the New York National Guard is 1st woman to hold position ALBANY, N.Y. A 23-year veteran of the U.S. military now serving as the top enlisted leader of the New York Army and Air National Guard is the first woman to hold the position.
Brooklyn Eagle -- Thu, 16 Nov 2017 Brooklyn Nets visit veterans at Fort Hamilton Three Brooklyn Nets stars paid a visit to the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Bay Ridge to coach a referee a basketball game between two groups of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.