James Durkin, past state commander (2012-2013) of New York State VFW, came to the Silver Fox Senior Social Club on Monday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veterans Day with the members of day center. The day’s celebrations were organized by the center’s activity director, Breanna Advey, and included; a commemorative pray for members of the armed forces, reciting of a patriotic poem, sing of the National Anthem, a presentation about the history of Veterans Day, and presentation of certificates. As many of the members of the Silver Fox Senior Club are veteran themselves, their family and friends were present to celebrate with them as the received Armistice Day poppies and certificates commemorating service in the United States military branches.
James Durkin has been a member of the VFW since 1980 and presenting in Veterans Day celebrations for the past 13 years.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the people he is meeting and getting to acknowledge and thank the individuals directly that sacrificed so much for our nation to keep us safe,” said Durkin. “My work with the VFW brings me face to face with our vets to say ‘thank you’. I may not get to every veteran in the state personally, but I will try my best. My happiest moments in the past have been when I have met the women who were serving in our armed forces. Often we think only of men when we think of war but, women have been a part of our conflicts too. They have been medics and nurses, serving on the frontlines. They are proud of the work they have done for our country and sometimes, I have been the first to publicly acknowledge their contribution”.
The Silver Fox Senior Club has made it a tradition to hold a special celebration on Veterans Day because of the long standing history of members being a part of the military service at some point in their lives. More than half of the members at the center are veterans themselves and the VA sponsor two days a week at the center for individuals who are part of the VA.