FORT DRUM-- Lt. Col. James Gonyo, commander of the New York
Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry displays the crucifix carried by Sgt. Joyce Kilmer, a famous poet and member of the 69th Infantry’s intelligence section who was killed in action in World War I. Kilmer’s crucifix has been handed down from commander to commander since then and carried on a daily basis. Kilmer, who wrote the poem "Trees" penned the poem "Rouge Bouquet" about death on the battlefield shortly before his own death.
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Troy Record/Saratogian -- Wed, 29 Nov 2023 Trees For Troops: 131 Christmas trees sent to servicemembers for holiday season BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. For the 19th year, volunteers, veterans and service members gathered with FedEx and tree growers at Ellms Family Farms Tuesday to send 131 Christmas trees to troops. ... (more)
WRGB -- Tue, 28 Nov 2023 Capital Region veterans, National Guard help donate 150 Christmas trees to military bases nationwide (Video) BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. Volunteers from the New York National Guard and Capital Region veterans helped donate 150 Christmas trees on Tuesday to military bases across the country. The trees were... (more)
NY Post -- Wed, 22 Nov 2023 Grandparents, parents and kids reveal how shared life in the military has shaped their families Military life often involves the entire family be it living together on a base or sacrificing time with a loved one serving overseas. But for these three area families, defending America... (more)