City Council Names APRIL 25th – ANZAC Day

The City of Plattsburgh is adding their voice to PTS Awareness with a resolution marking April 25th as ANZAC Day for PTS Awareness in commemoration of the day in Austrailia which mirrors Veteran’s Day in the United States..

Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says the topic of PTS awareness is an important one and the Resolution read by Mayor Calnon’s Assistant Beth Carlin highlights the importance of Post Traumatic Stress Awareness..   Ward IV Councilor Paul O’Connell.. during discussion at Thursday’s City Council Meeting, he invited everyone to participate in the commemoration of ANZAC day and a memorial service in Saranac Lake which begins at 11am… Congressman Bill Owens will speak at the service along with remarks from Homeward Bound Adirondacks… Retired Brigadier General Loree Sutton will offer remarks about Post Traumatic Stress and from Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau..

The agenda for the public ceremony in Saranac Lake is a follows;

ANZAC Day for PTS Awareness

April 25, 2014 11:00am
Saranac Lake, New York
Memorial Service, World War I Memorial
Welcome: Master Of Ceremonies, Mayor Clyde Rabideau
Posting of the Colors by Saranac Lake Veterans Clubs’ Honor Guard
United States National Anthem: Katie Morgan
Pledge of Allegiance: Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul Van Cott
Australian National Anthem: USAF Jeanine Swinyer
Invocation: USMC Reverend Mark Reilly, St. Bernard’s Church
Remarks: Congressman William Owens
Governor Andrew Cuomo Citation: Franklin County Legislature Billy Jones
Local Veteran’s Group Address
Jim Grant, Captain USMC
Homeward Bound Adirondacks Address: US Army Retired Colonel Eric Olsen
Remarks: General (Ret) Loree Sutton, US Army, re: Post Traumatic Stress
Message from McKay Family: Lt. Commander Kathryn McCabe, Royal Australian Navy
Remarks and “Ode of Remembrance”: Major Cameron Satrapa, Australia Defence Force, Executive Officer, Military Attache’, Australian Embassy, Washington, DC

Note “Ode of Remembrance” requires response from those present : “We will remember” and “Lest we forget” Please refer to the reverse side of this program for the entire poem.
Music: Cameron Anderson, Bagpiper, “Amazing Grace” as
Major Strapa and Lt. Commander McCabe Lay the Wreath
Benediction: Reverend Reilly
Retirement of the Colors



They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
We will remember

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam
Lest we forget
Lest we forget

The phrase Lest we forget is often added as a final line
at the end of the ode and repeated in response
by those listening, especially in Australia. In the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand
Special thanks to the Saranac Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and Sons of the American Legion, for providing the Color Guard and lapel remembrance poppies

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