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VFW Post 309 Honors Veterans and an Educator

Post Commander Bill Lefebvre, Timothy Butler, Aux. President Judy Lefebvre

Judy Lefebvre, Cynthia Nadeau of N.C. Honor Flight, Bill Lefebvre

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The largest crowd in recent memory attended today’s Veterans Day Service at Peru VFW Post 309. Post Commander Bill Lefebvre was the Master of Ceremonies. Cadets from the James P. O’Connor Composite Squad, Civil Air Patrol posted the Colors. Rev. Alan Shnob, Pastor of St. Augustine’s led the opening and closing prayers. Stephanie Pietz, a Peru HS Senior, sang the National Anthem. Tthe U.S. Army Reserve Unit, Plattsburgh Center, conducted a Rifle Salute.

Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and VFW Auxiliary Member Janet Downs were guest speakers.

Other highlights included an almost $1,400 donation from Post 309 to the North Country Honor Flight. Cynthia Nadeau accepted the money on behalf of the Honor Flight. Post 309 earned the money through admissions and donations at the its 4th Sunday October breakfast.

Post 309 also presented its Citizen Education Teacher Award to Timothy Butler, a 5th grade teacher at Keeseville Elementary School. Keeseville Elementary School Principal Kevin Hulbert, nominated Butler for the award and was present to read his nominating letter.

L-R Photos- Part of the large crowd; James P. O’Connor Composite Squad, Civil Air Patrol; Timothy Butler with Bill and Judy Lefebvre; Judy Lefebvre, Cynthia Nadeau and Bill Lefebvre; Janet Downs; Rev. Alan Shnob; Stephanie Pietz; Peter Glushko

The Peru Gazette will post a You Tube video of the VFW Service as soon as possible.

Peru HS Senior Stephanie Pietz singing the National Anthem

Janet Downs who spoke about her father Ernest Lapine’s Purple Heart

Supervisor Peter Glushko talked on why we honor our veterans

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