Photos: After the Battle

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Patriot Guard riders line both sides of the Grove Stage last Thursday afternoon at the Altamont fairgrounds.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Gary Ferris re-enacts a World War II radio broadcast entitled "Until It's Over Over There: The Road to Victory."

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Staff Sergeant Jennifer Hutchings of the Army’s Foxtrot Company from Schenectady stands with her rifle. She led the procession of colors to the stage with Sergeant First Class Pat Mucci, Staff Sergeant Michael Toleman, and Sergeant Christopher Beckwith.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

John J. McKenna III, the father of a Marine Corps platoon commander killed in action in Iraq on Aug. 16, 2006, speaks during the ceremony.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

In the audience, a Marine Corps League member stood throughout the ceremony.

Standing at attention, Patriot Guard riders lined both sides of the Grove Stage last Thursday afternoon at the Altamont fairgrounds for a ceremony to honor United States military troops.  Aug. 15 was Armed Services Day when military personnel were admitted to the fair for free. Members of the Army’s Foxtrot Company from Schenectady led the procession of colors to the stage.

“We owe it to them,” said John J. McKenna III, whose 30-year-old son, Captain John J. McKenna IV, a Marine Corps platoon commander, was killed in action in Iraq on Aug. 16, 2006. McKenna III founded the military courtesy room at Albany International Airport to honor his son. He talked about how Americans should help the soldiers who battle their injuries to get better.

In the audience, a Marine Corps League member, wearing a red hat and shirt, stood throughout the ceremony, which included speeches from politicians and a re-enactment of a World War II radio broadcast, performed by Gary Ferris entitled “Until It’s Over Over There: The Road to Victory.”

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