Many contributed to wreath-laying

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDec. 16 was historic, in that for the first time in the Wreaths Across America program, all 11,000-plus veterans’ graves at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery were able to receive a wreath – due largely to the generosity of community-wide support for this annual event. The Daily Gazette was generous in reporting on this program. However, I wish to clarify some of the information contained in The Gazette’s reporting of the Wreaths Across America event. Your article seemed to suggest that the Dec. 16 ceremonies were primarily a Patriot Guard Rider-led function and operation. While the Patriot Guard Riders are justifiably proud of our efforts and the significant support we lent to the successful result of this year, the Wreaths Across America program at the cemetery is operated and managed by the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (Capital District) under the direction of Lt. Col. Anita Martin and her staff.The Civil Air Patrol has worked tirelessly to develop and nurture additional wreath sponsors and fund-raising organizations. Lt. Col. Martin and her cadets of the Civil Air Patrol also conduct the opening ceremonies before the actual wreath-laying by volunteers takes place. Also, the encouragement and support of Cemetery Director Scott Lamb was vitally important to the ultimate success we all enjoyed this past weekend.I thought it important to clarify your reporting so as not to diminish the fine work and efforts of the many other fine organizations who also made significant contributions to this historic Wreaths Across America day at the Gerald B.H. Saratoga National Cemetery.Bill SchaafTroyThe writer is state captain of the Patriot Guard Riders.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Bears 1936 uniforms: Chicago’s throwback look against Vikings, explained

first_imgThe Bears’ throwbacks, which are part of the team’s season-long centennial celebration, will be worn again Dec. 5 against the Cowboys.Some of the throwback jerseys worn Sunday against the Vikings will be auctioned off on the Bears’ app to raise money for Chicago social justice organizations.Sporting News in the offseason ranked some of our favorite NFL throwback looks, including one for the Bears. As for Chicago’s standard set of home and away uniforms, we ranked the Bears’ set 24th among 32 NFL teams. As is the case for all NFL throwback uniforms, the look the Bears donned against the Vikings on Sunday was met with differing opinions. Some liked Chicago’s ode to 1936, a year in which the Bears went 9-3. Others wondered why the team would deviate from its classic home threads.Regardless, at least the Bears preemptively addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to their throwback uniforms. In 1936, the NFL was a segregated, all-white league. To address that truth, the Bears last week dispatched its social justice committee, which was formed last year and consists of tight end Trey Burton, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, linebacker Danny Trevathan and quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel, plus team chairman George H. McCaskey.MORE: Ranking the NFL’s throwback uniforms“That was from a time when unfortunately African-Americans were not included on the Bears or other NFL rosters,” McCaskey said.”Integration of the NFL and the Bears was too long in coming. But we’re proud that this year’s Bears will be the first African-Americans to wear these jerseys.”Added Hicks: “The importance of wearing this jersey goes way beyond this moment. Wearing this jersey is a sign, a symbol for the people who came before us that weren’t allowed to wear this jersey. And now on our shoulders is the opportunity to represent not only our culture but our city and our team by wearing this jersey and being the first African-Americans to do so.”The Bears’ 1936 throwback look was unveiled in June. The uniforms feature unique striping on the helmets, jersey sleeves and socks. Naturally, replica Bears throwback jerseys are available for purchase on the team’s website.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS:The league’s best and worst looks in 2019last_img read more