From 1948 until 1995, Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome was key to our country's air defense system. The former base was home to some of the most sophisticated fighter-interceptors and bombers of their day.
On Memorial Day, we talked about the viral photo of a Fort Drum truck parked at Hancock Airport since at least 2011. The photo showed a dusty old truck and gave us the impression it's driver never returned home from war. Turns out, the driver is alive and well and could be facing one of Central New York's largest parking ticket.
One of the most iconic patriotic tunes is 'Taps.' What began as an indicator of "Lights Out" on the battlefield has now become a beautiful tribute to service men and women at their funerals. This classic memorial song was actually written by a Utica native by the name of Daniel Butterfield!
This Memorial Day you've seen plenty of touching photos from Fort Snelling National Cemetery in the city of Minneapolis. I bet you won't see a photo like this. A few years back Amateur photographer Frank Glick spotted a bald eagle through perched on a gravestone, and snapped shots with his camera.
Memorial Day is about more than a three day weekend or the unofficial kick off to summer. We're reminded of the true meaning of the holiday by 3 year-old Logan Winter of Ilion who spends his Memorial Day weekend placing American flags on the gravestones of fallen soldiers.
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