LAKEGEORGE- A statewide chapter of a national association of mothers who lost a son or daughter in military service held a convention and ceremonies last weekend in the village of Lake George.
From April 15 through 17, the New York branch of American Gold Star Mothers held its 75th annual convention at Fort William Henry Hotel.
The convention included various meetings and tours, and it culminated with a banquet at Fort William Henry.
Town of Lake George Supervisor Frank McCoy and the Scott Sopczyk, director of Greater Glens Falls Transit, collaborated to provide complimentary trolleys to get the Moms and dads, families and veterans to the various venues hosting the group over the weekend. Michael Consuelo of the Lake George Chamber - and working on behalf of Warren County - helped organize a variety of details for the convention.
The group conducted a memorial service Friday night in honor of the mothers and fathers affiliated with the organization who passed away during the last year. Various military-related organizations from across the Capital Region provided escorts for the ceremonies in respect for the departed soldiers and the sacrifice they and their families made on behalf of the U.S.
On Saturday, AGSM members boarded the trolleys and visited the Vietnam Veterans monument at SUNY Adirondack. They then proceeded by trolley to the Victory & Peace monument in Glens Falls. Mike Hoag of the Glens Falls American Legion Post 233 spoke about the history of the Memorial.
The AGSM members were then taken by trolley to the Gold Star Parents' Tea hosted by the area VFW Auxiliary members at VFW Post 6196 in Queensbury. The Auxiliary presented the AGSM group with a check for $1,000 to help defray the costs of the next Convention.
The group concluded their convention's formal events with their banquet Saturday night which hosted 108 attendees. The event featured entertainment by Drew Polsun, an Elvis impersonator.