Cost of Freedom Tribute arrives in Genesee County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Site will be set up 1 mile from where Medina paratrooper was buried today

Photo by Tom Rivers

BATAVIA – A giant American Flag was hung on Veterans Memorial Drive this morning in Batavia by the ladder trucks from the city and town of Batavia fire departments.

A processional then took the “Cost of Freedom Tribute” to Pembroke Town Park. Several veterans’ organizations from Orleans County contributed to bring the tribute to the area.

The tribute includes an 80-percent replica of The Vietnam Wall and a display honoring veterans from all wars. It will spend four days in Pembroke about 1 mile from the Evergreen Hill Cemetery, where Sgt. Shaina Schmigel of Medina was buried today.

There will be an opening ceremony at noon on Thursday. The tribute will be at Pembroke until Sunday. Former State Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt of Albion is scheduled to speak at the closing ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday. State Assemblyman Steve Hawley will join Nesbitt in dedicating a Memorial Stone at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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