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Saratoga to honor region's fallen at Veterans Day ceremony

"It's bittersweet to have his name added. We went out to the Statue of Liberty yesterday and you just look at your flag and your country in a whole different way. Not that you didn't love it before, but now you've really paid quite the price," said Miller. "The cost of freedom is not free and we know that everyone out there made it possible for us to be in New York City today, just hanging out and letting us lead the life that we do."

A few days after receiving the news of Taylor's death, Miller said she knew she had to do something to honor his legacy.

"There's nothing we can do to bring Taylor back. The only thing we've got is to try to do positive things," said Miller. "We started a scholarship fun days after we got the word."

The David Taylor Miller Scholarship Fund is still in its infancy, with the board working to nail down its mission statement and qualifications. What's 100 percent set in stone, though, is that the scholarship will help people reach their goals.

"We'll find people in high schools and younger to help them reach some goal they may have. Help them realize goals that financially or physically they couldn't do on their own," said Miller.

Since June, the fund has raised around $7,000. It is holding a fundraiser on Veteran's Day, Taylor's birthday, at Scallions Restaurant in Saratoga Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of anything purchased from the gift shop, bar, takeout or dinner, to the scholarship fund.

"Taylor would have loved this. He would think it was great," said Miller.

A website for the scholarship fund is in the works and anyone interested in getting involved or donating can contact Miller at 683-8425.

The Veteran's Day ceremony is hosted by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and the Saratoga County Veterans Agency and will be at noon at Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville

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