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Never forget that many died instituting and defending it’s principals so that you may live today to enjoy and benefit from them today, but to you the citizens of America – there is a duty that comes with this, hence the title of this post!

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Former SUNY Fredonia political science professor to speak on Constitution Day

September 14, 2013 The OBSERVER

Former SUNY Fredonia political science professor Kevin J. McMahon will visit campus Tuesday, Constitution Day. Currently a professor of political science at Trinity College in Hartford, Mass. will discuss his books and research which examine the presidency, as well as the political origins and consequences of Supreme Court decisions. The presentation will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 204 of the Williams Center.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.



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Veterans Day 2012 – “The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month”

On Memorial Day each year we remember, and of course memorialize our fallen countrymen and women, on Veterans Day however we celebrate and give thanks to those who are still with us. For all those who have survived, as the smallest of measures, we directly give them thanks for their service, their sacrifices, and we should as well to all their families.

      Millions of Patriots — American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen — have, for generations honored their oath to “support and defend” our the Liberty enshrined in our Constitution. Today, we formally honor them. We remain the proud and the free because they have stood bravely in harm’s way, and millions remain on post today. For this, we, the American People, offer our heartfelt thanks.

Today is Veterans Day. Make sure and thank a Vet.

Also, don’t miss Mark Alexander’s 2011 essay, The Most Noble of American Patriots.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-14)

“Mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions.” (1 Chronicles 12:8)

American Patriot: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” –Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Millions of Patriots — American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen — have, for generations honored their oath to “support and defend” our the Liberty enshrined in our Constitution. Today, we formally honor them. We remain the proud and the free because they have stood bravely in harm’s way, and millions remain on post today. For this, we, the American People, offer our heartfelt thanks.

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” –John Stuart Mill

“[I]n our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth — love of life, love of joy, love of country. You fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and keep you, the Lord will make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore.” –Ronald Reagan, handwritten note left at the Vietnam Veterans memorial, Veterans Day, November 11, 1988


Honor Veterans From The HeartNovember 11, 2012 Among our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members are men and women to whom we owe heartfelt gratitude today. more »»Wall Of Honor

November 13, 2012 CLYMER — Veterans, you are not forgotten. more »»

JCC Veterans Committee Hosts Ceremony

Salute To Their ServiceNovember 12, 2012

Remembering veterans on Veterans Day is nice.   For Clyde Card, more needs to be done to help new veterans as they return home from abroad.   Card’s remarks came after a pair of Veterans Day remembrances Sunday in Jamestown.   At 10 a.m.

Called To ServeNovember 11, 2012

A local soldier is staying informed on his hometown from deployment abroad.  Chris Berry, captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, has been in constant contact with his family, sending several pictures and updates on a monthly basis.

Retired Soldier From Randolph ReflectsNovember 11, 2012

Twenty-two years, two months and one day ago (Aug. 25, 2012), I graduated from Randolph Central High School (Class of 1990) and two hours later I was at the Buffalo MEPS leaving for Army Basic Training.

Dunkirk Observer

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Nov 7, 2012 Written by Ron Plants

The family of 27 year old Army Specialist Brett Gornewicz is still waiting for the military to release his body so their soldier-son can be laid to rest here in Western New York. They were there at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when his body arrived back in this country earlier this week.

The Army reservist from Alden and two other soldiers were killed Saturday when their armored vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

His sister Cassandra Cranston tells 2 on Your Side that her brother was a selfless man who always put others before his needs. In fact he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.

Cranston says her brother never complained or talked that much about what he experienced in Iraq or Afghanistan but he believed in what he was doing. She says he did express the opinion that it was more dangerous in Afghanistan.

Gornewicz had the very dangerous assignment of combat engineer and he and others in his unit would often clear roads of IEDs to help save the lives of other soldiers.

Gornewicz was an Alden High School and SUNY graduate with an engineering degree and he hoped to start a new life with his girlfriend Nicole in North Carolina when his deployment was over.

Details for the funeral are still being worked out but it will probably take place sometime next week. We will have details and provide coverage depending on the wishes of the family.

WGRZ (VIDEO) http://www.wgrz.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1954476470001

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Hundreds Turn Out To Remember Fallen Soldier

October 14, 2012 By Shirley Pulawski (editorial@post-journal.com)

Members of area American Legion posts wait to enter the memorial service for Sgt. Jonathan Gollnitz. Photo by Justin Goetz
DUNKIRK – Central Avenue in Dunkirk was lined with hundreds of people, many holding American flags and others in military uniform, who came out to pay respects to fallen local soldier, U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan “Nathan” Gollnitz on Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Gollnitz, a Fredonia native and graduate of Levant Christian School, was killed in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan on Sept. 26 in a roadside bombing. Staff Sgt. Orion Sparks of Tucson, Ariz. was killed alongside him in the attack. Gollnitz was the 1,999th soldier to die in battle in Afghanistan. He was 28 years old.

Gollnitz served in the Navy for six years before enlisting in the Army to, in his words according to family and friends, “be closer to the action.”

A memorial display in honor of Sgt. Gollnitz, whose ashes were interred in Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Texas. Photo by Justin Goetz

In addition to friends, family and the hundred of civilian supporters in attendance, several hundred veterans of all branches of the military were organized by the American Legion to participate in the funeral services.

Junior Ortiz of Dunkirk, president of the Sons of Liberty, a motorcycle club comprised of veterans, was one of the supporters in attendance. “It’s important for veterans to support veterans,” Ortiz, a veteran of the Marines, explained. “We try to do whatever we can to support local veterans.”

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Wayne Ashley, a veteran and Silver Creek resident who came to support the family.

Full military honors were performed during the ceremony, and most veterans appeared in uniform. The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Honor Guard presented an American flag to Gollnitz’s family after “Taps” was played outside.

American Legion officers presented a resolution to the family of their “beloved comrade” and told them, “We will forever cherish him in our hearts.”

The officers explained Gollnitz is now in post Everlasting of the American Legion.

Sgt. Jason Roberts came as a representative of the U.S. Army. “Grief is necessary. Grief is natural. It is not a sign of weakness. … It is proof of the strength of the bond we have for those who are asleep,” he said. He explained Gollnitz’s “military family … is going to be there for you in the end. These are outstanding people who came out to support you.”

Roberts also read from letters written by soldiers who knew Gollnitz personally and fought alongside him. “He always led from the front,” Pfc. Dean Feinstein said in a letter, and added, “Your son will never be forgotten.”

Two representatives of the Blue Star Mothers, a support group for those who have lost children to combat, also presented the family with thoughts and a commemorative token.

The Rev. Roger Eimers, Sr., former pastor of the fallen soldier, officiated. He introduced Holly Payne, who sang “I Can Only Imagine” while also signing the words. Eimers later spoke of his time knowing Gollnitz, who was close friends with his youngest son, Joshua.

Minnie Gollnitz, Jonathan’s grandmother, addressed the mourners present, and them about her grandson. “He was a very energetic little boy,” she said. “At a very young age, he started telling everyone that he wanted to join the Navy.”

She said she was very proud of Jonathan when his grandfather died. “I will never forget the way he saluted his grandpa,” at the funeral, Minnie Gollnitz said.

Joshua Eimers also spoke, tearfully, of his friendship with Gollnitz and times they spent together over the years. “He’s made a huge impact on so many of us. He was a loyal friend … and always there for me. There was never a time he didn’t end a conversation with ‘I love you,'” a sentiment also shared by his grandmother.

In addition to the local service,  military service with full honors was held in Mission, Texas on Monday, Oct. 8, when his ashes were interred at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery.

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Soldier dies in blast

September 28, 2012

A local soldier from Fredonia has died in Afghanistan from a roadside bombing. Fredonia native Army Sgt. Jonathan “Nathan” Gollnitz passed away Wednesday while deployed.

Gollnitz, 28, was killed in a roadside attack that also killed another soldier. Gollnitz joined the Navy right after high school then later joined the Army. He previously spent a tour in Iraq and was recently deployed to Afghanistan within the past few months. According to family friend Wendy Eimers, Gollnitz always wanted to join the Navy.

“He joined right after high school. It was something he had wanted to do his entire life,” Eimers said. “He had his goals and that was to be in the Navy. He said, ‘I have to go to protect my son (Lukas).'”

Eimers’ son, Josh, and Gollnitz were close growing up and Gollnitz stayed with the Eimers’ family, even when he enlisted. Eimers most recently talked with Gollnitz late last week and he knew something was not right.

“He sent me an instant message and said ‘I don’t think I’m coming home this time.’ We just thought he was being Jon,” Eimers said. “He said, ‘If I don’t come back, it’s God’s will.'”

Even if he didn’t have a good feeling about his deployment, Gollnitz was excited about a trip he had booked to Spain early next year. Gollnitz was previously injured in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device (IED) less than a month ago.

He was transferred to Germany, and just recently returned to work with his unit.

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