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11,000 NY Veterans Received Military Honors At Burials This Year

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The New York Army and Air National Guard are on track to provide military honors at the burials of about 11,050 veterans during 2019.  

The state Division of Military & Naval Affairs announced the expected total Saturday. The total is similar to the numbers in the last two years. Among the veterans who received the honors this year was Sgt. Francis Currey of Selkirk. He was one of the last three surviving Medal of Honor recipients from World War II when he died in October at age 94.

In New York, the burial honors generally involve two National Guard soldiers or airmen presenting an American flag to the veteran’s family and sounding taps on an electronic bugle.

(C)AP 2019

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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