Saratoga Memorial Day

We remember Memorial Day in the Town of Saratoga.   The actions in the Town of Saratoga especially in the Battles of Saratoga are part of a legacy that has contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism.  Our community holds a very special place in the story of America because as Governor Seymour described the action in this community is where:

“American Independence was made a great fact in the history of nations. Until the surrender of the British army under Burgoyne, the declaration of Independence was but a declaration. It was a patriotic purpose asserted in bold words by brave men, who pledged for its maintenance their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. But on this ground it was made a fact, by virtue of armed force. It had been regarded by the world merely as an act of defiance, but it was now seen that it contained the germs of a government, which the event we now celebrate made one of the powers of the earth. Here rebellion was made revolution. Upon this ground, that which had in the eye of the law been treason, became triumphant patriotism.”  

The following is the list of the members of the armed forces from the Town of Saratoga that gave the ultimate sacrifices to our country.

Civil War

Edward Baker, Paul A. Brown, Charles Burnham, Patrick Collopy, James Curtis, Isaac K. Finch, Charles Hart, George Hess, Dearsting Johnson, Robert McPherson, Edwin Merchant, Thomas Mushgrove, Franklin Norton, Sumner Oakley, William Richards, William Sairman, Henry B. Shreeves, George Sutfin, Gilbert F. Thomas, Clifford Weston

Great Sioux War of 1876

Dewitt Winney

World War I 

Frank Aubin, Mitchell Barton, Edward F. Cofflinger, Frank Karaszkiewiez,

World War II 
Richard D. Bullard, Raymond T. Carey Jr., Rodney Chase Jr., George D. Hathaway, Donald E. Hewitt, Wilbur Ikenberry, Madoc Irish, Marshall Kennedy, Arthur LeClaire, John T. McCarty, John N. Miner, Charles R. Noel, Peter Piroha, Andrew N. Pleshko Jr., Ashely Pritchard, Thomas C. Smith, Stewart L. Wendall, Myron Wilbur

Korean War

Stanley W. Harmor, Julius Lofren, James Marlow

Vietnam 

Stephen Lofren, Michael Francis Nolan Jr.

In 1904, Major-General O. O. Howard, USA Retired gave an address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ Monument at the Prospect Hill Cemetery.  The program described “The General then closed by showing that peace had greater opportunities for desirable distinction than war.  he preferred peace to war and had always done so, and regarded the duties and privileges of the the citizens of the United States as above price, closing with a quotation from a will known poem, to wit:

Up and onward! toward the East,  
  Green oases thou shalt find –
Streams that rise from higher sources
  Than the pools thou leav’st behind

Life has import more inspiring
  Than the fancies of thy youth;
It has hopes as high as Heaven;
  It has labor it has truth

It has wrongs that may be righted,
  Noble deeds that may be done;
Its great battles are unfought;
  Its great triumphs are unwon  

The poem is Wasted Fountains by Anne Charlotte Lynch.

 

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