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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

Hudson Valley Time Warner Cable -- Fri, 19 Sep 2014

NYS National Guard Hosts Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Fair at Kingston Armory

KINGSTON, N.Y.-- The New York State National Guard plays host to Military veterans and their spouses for the Hiring our Heroes Veterans Job Fair at the Kingston Armory.

Fox and Friends -- Thu, 18 Sep 2014

US Air Force celebrates 67 years of service

New York Air National Guard members Senior Airman Amanda Martino and Lt. Col.Col. Bruce Theriault appear on Fox and Friends Morning Show.

Times Union -- Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Duty Calls: Iraq war veteran becomes top enlisted soldier

Louis Wilson of Rochester has become the command sergeant major of the 10,500-member New York Army National Guard.

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