New Sampson Cemetery Group to Honor Veterans

A new organization has been formed to insure that the veterans buried at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery are not forgotten, especially on Memorial Day.

Composed of 11 veterans representing all military branches, Veterans Cemetery Advisory Team (VCAT) members have planned a special Memorial Day Service to be held at the cemetery at 2:45 p.m. on the federal holiday, Monday, May 27. Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located south of Sampson State Park, at 6632 Route 96A, Romulus.

The public is invited to attend, but seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. The ceremony will take place rain or shine.

“We encourage everyone to attend to pay their respects to these veterans who so honorably served our country,” said Doug Daeffler of Waterloo, veteran of the Coast Guard and Air National Guard.

A Veterans Memorial March will assemble at 2:30 p.m. at the restored WWII Guard Shack and march in honor of the more than 115 veterans and dependents who have been interred at the cemetery since the first burial on Sept. 26, 2011.  All veterans are encouraged to participate.

Memorial services with military honors will follow at the Committal Shelter. The Geneva Doughboys will lead the parade of colors.

Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Director Bill Yale will welcome visitors and recognize dignitaries and special guests.  Following the opening prayer, State Sen. Michael Nozzolio will deliver an address. Military Honors will be provided by the Sons of the Union Veterans of Ovid firing team, bagpiper Terry Scherer will play and members of Harry Bennett Boy Scout Troop 78 of South Seneca will place flags on the gravesites and perform “Taps.”

A memorial monument will be unveiled at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Members of the VCAT include Chip Rayno veteran of the US Navy and member of American Legion Post 463; Daeffler; Jack O’Connors, veteran of  US Air Force, Veterans Service Representative; Thomas J. Lewis, veteran of US Army and head of Korean War Veterans Assn,  Seneca County Veterans Administration Representative; Fred Percy, veteran of US Army, Commander of American Legion Post 463; Steve Twitchell, veteran of US Army, VFW Past Commander ; Charlie Zelikowski, US Army veteran; Steve DiDuro, US Marine Corps veteran; Bill English, US Marine Corps veteran; Terry Scherer, veteran of US Navy, member of American Legion, and Yale.

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