ANZAC Day for PTS Awareness

042614 - ANZAC DAY - Flag RasingsIn honor of ANZAC Day, a Memorial Service was held for the Late Australian Officer Captain Paul McCay in conjunction to bringing awareness to PTS disorder in our Servicemen and women.…..ANZAC Day was officially named in 1916 to be celebrated on the 25th of April and happens to be one of Australia’s most important National Commemorative occasions marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australia and New Zealand forces during the 1st world war. ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. Earlier this month, the Village of Saranac Lake declared this day as “Anzac Day for PTS Awareness” Mayor Clyde Rabideau is the Master of Ceremonies…Two Australian military officers, Major Satrapa and Lt. Commander Kathryn McCabe (Royal Australian Navy,) flew in for the event from the Australian embassy in Washington, DC, and addressed a large gathering, recited the traditional “Ode of Remembrance” and placed a memorial wreath on the monument. Lt Commander McCabe was asked by the military to read a message from the McCay family to the people of Saranac Lake…In the message from McCays family, they say they intend on bringing Paul’s ashes back here to the Adirondacks to spread on Scareface Mountain. Congressman Bill Owens was also a speaker at the Service. Earlier in the Morning, The mayor of this Adirondack village, along with a small group that included the Major ascended Scarface Mountain to lay a remembrance poppy at the place where another Australian solider was found frozen to death in January. Mayor Clyde Rabideau, Major Cameron Satrapa (Australian Defense) and a small cadre of Saranac Lakers started their climb in an early morning temperature of 18 degrees F. The ascent and laying of a single poppy fulfilled a pledge made by the mayor to a friend of Australian Captain Paul McKay in January following the discovery of the captain’s body on Scarface Mountain after an intensive 2-week search and rescue mission. 31 Year-old Captain Paul McKay, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS,) traveled from his home in Adelaide, Australia, to Saranac Lake, e-mailed his dad from a local hotel room with a message giving away all his possessions and then climbed Scarface Mountain in temperatures reaching 20 degrees below zero with very little gear. 15 days later, his body was found upon a rocky outcrop near the peak of Scarface Mountain by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers who were part of a massive search and rescue effort. The captain’s death was later ruled a suicide and there is no known reason why Captain McKay came to Saranac Lake.

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