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GLENMONT — More than 50 U.S. military veterans, Gold Star and Blue Star families boarded a bus early Friday morning, June 1, on a special mission to Washington, D.C. to clean the Vietnam Memorial and Korean War Monument.
Premiere Transportation, Trustco Bank and TALK 1300 AM sponsored a 60-passenger luxury bus — the same used by the Arena Football League’s Albany Empire players — for the six-hour trip to the Nation’s Capital.
For Melody Burns, associate member of the Capt. Wm. Dale O’Brien Detachment Marine Corps League, the trip is the end result of an exhausting three-year effort.
“I was beginning to give up hope we would ever receive a date, after three years and numerous phones calls, I was surprised to receive the call with a date,” said Burns. “I was calling everyone I knew in Washington to see if they could help. This is a great honor to clean the Wall and I to be able to do it with Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star and Blue Star families really makes it a very special trip.”
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.