A Patriot Guard Rider lays rose on the grave of their fallen comrade.
Ssgt. Dain T. Venne, a Port Henry soldier killed in combat in November 2012, was honored by the Patriot Guard Riders of New York May 30.
In a presentation of a memorial portrait and several poems, the Venne family met at Dain’s resting place to accept and thank the guard for honoring their son and brother.
“I come up here every year and lay a wreath on Dain’s grave and others at Christmas,” said Dan Nolin, Senior ride captain. “I will continue to do this for as long as I live. This idea came from the brother of a soldier who served with Dain in Afghanistan and it was his idea to do this.”
The portrait was erected by an artist in Texas and then transferred by the Region 4 and 5 color guard from Fonda to Port Henry.
The Patriot Guard Riders of New York are a non-for-profit all volunteer group preforming missions throughout the state honoring veterans and their families.
In a statement, the family wanted to honor the color guard for all they have and continue to do.