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

Xeros arrest leads to more finds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police on Tuesday found equipment that could be used to construct 100 bombs at a second hideout allegedly used by Christodoulos Xeros, the November 17 terrorist who was arrested on Saturday after 12 months on the run from authorities.Sources told Kathimerini that the detonating mechanisms for 100 devices were discovered in a plastic container at the property in Loutraki, west of Athens. Police believe that the bombs were being prepared for members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire group, who Christodoulos was allegedly preparing to help break out from Korydallos Prison in Athens.Police also found a stolen van and a sports utility vehicle at the Loutraki property. They believe that the November 17 man was planning to use the van as a car bomb to blow a hole in the perimeter wall at Korydallos Prison so the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire members, with whom the aging terrorist was in contact before disappearing while on furlough in January 2014, could escape.Ten members of the urban guerrilla group, which conducted a bloodless bombing campaign, issued a statement from prison on Monday in which they refused to confirm the police’s claims but made it clear that they believe it is their duty to attempt to escape from custody.Explosives were also found at the property in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens, where Xeros was arrested on Saturday. Officers discovered a hand-drawn diagram apparently showing how weapons would be arranged in a second van to be used in the alleged prison bust.Police conducted ballistic tests on a handgun Xeros was carrying at the time of his arrest, as well as three more found at the Anavyssos house along with eight AK-47 assault rifles. The results showed that none of the firearms had been used in terrorist or criminal activities before.The house in Loutraki had been rented in September by a young woman using a stolen identification card with the name Eleni Melani. The ID card was found at the Anavyssos property. Police are looking for a young woman who assisted Xeros but did not give any details about her identity. A young man was also seen at the Loutraki property by neighbors.Appearing before a magistrate on Monday, Xeros refused to answer any questions, saying that he did not recognize the judge’s authority.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more