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.

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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