Stratton hosts Veterans Day services Monday

STRATTON – The village will host Veterans Day services beginning at 1 p.m. Monday at the Village Municipal Building, 1362 Second Ave.

The village’s new monument to veterans the Stratton Memorial Park is situated in front of the building.

According to Mayor John Abdalla, all are welcome to attend the service, which will include music, speeches and a honor guard from Toronto American Legion Post 86.

“Featured speakers will be William R. Demjan who served in the Army during the Korean War,” said Abdalla. We’ll also have Staff Sgt. Brian Badamy, who currently is serving on active duty with the Army.”

Abdalla said the memorial park was created in 2012 and contains the names of local veterans from Empire, Stratton, Goose Run, Sugar Grove, Port Homer and New Somerset engraved on six granite stones in the park.

“We also had a blank stone we could add names to, and we’ve put 90 more names on the stone since (the park was founded),” Abdalla said. “There are more than 350 names now on the stone. People keep coming up to us and giving us the names of more (area residents) who were veterans.”

The mayor also said Stratton will host a social event in the Stratton hall after the ceremony.

“We’re going to have refreshments for about 125 people after the event for anyone who wants to join us,” he said.