When the girls lacrosse team set out to raise funds through a sale of flags to honor Skaneateles veterans they certainly had the best intentions. What they hadn't planned was just how touched they would be by this tribute to our servicemen and women, past and present.
"It was really touching to have the veterans come, and see how we had effected them," lax player Claire Montyl said. "It gave us a real sense of purpose."
"Perspective," Megan Powers said.
Jane Gaffney agreed. The girls were able to really garner an understanding of Veterans Day, which was sort of just another holiday off from school before this experience.
Vietnam vet John Moran was the emcee at the noon time ceremony on Nov. 11 in Shotwell Park. He explained the history of Veterans Day. Veterans were recognized for their service on Nov. 11 as it was the day the Armistice was signed effectively ending the major fighting on the front during World War I, or "The war to end all wars." In 1954 President Eisenhower changed it from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Moran said that sometime in the 1970s Congress tried to change it to the fourth Monday in October to make it a three day holiday weekend.
"That was met with a lot of outrage and fortunately they changed it back to Nov. 11," Moran said.
Mayor Bob Green, also a Vietnam veteran, was on hand as was Brad McLennan representing the three generations of his family from Skaneateles that have been or are still in the armed services. He was also appointed the official liaison between Skaneateles' Robert J. Hydon American Legion Post 239 and the Skaneateles girls' lacrosse team.
Lacrosse Coach Bridgett Marquardt officially turned over funds raised by her team to McLennan for the Hydon Post.