City of Albany Veterans Day: Not a military city but a city with military
By John B. Snyder
November 15, 2016
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Leonard Mallery and his daughter marching in the parade.
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Nation's youth stood along the parade route saluting the Watervliet Arsenal as it marched by.
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A total of 13 vehicles, in which three were floats, were part of the arsenal's Veterans Day parade contingent.
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Always a highlight in the arsenal's parade contingent is the great support of a local military-vehicle collectors club that has been a part of the arsenal's contingent since 2009.
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Michael Hastings with his son and daughter awaiting the start of the parade.
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Laurie Vroman and her son getting ready to march in the parade.
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Sharon Gully, left, and her daughter, Sarah, stand next to an arsenal float with the photo of Michael Gully, husband and father, who died last June. Michael, who worked for Benet Laboratories on the arsenal, helped build floats for more than 20 arsenal parade contingents since 2009. After the last Memorial Day parade, sadly, Michael passed away. Although extremely sick the last 18 months of his life, he remained a huge part of all float building right up to the end.
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Arsenal Safety Officer Matthew Church and his son getting ready to march.
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World War II era tank was part of the arsenal's contingent.
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Lt. Col. Christopher Ingels, the commander of the Albany Recruiting Battalion, marched with the arsenal.
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Arsenal Commander Col. Joseph Morrow engaging Veterans along the route.
WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- The Arsenal fielded the largest parade contingent in the City of Albany's Veterans Day parade on November 11. This was the arsenal's 22nd parade since 2009 when it began conducting parades as part of a community relations expansion.
In front of more than 3,000 who lined the streets of Albany, the arsenal fielded 13 vehicles and more than 80 workforce and family members who proudly paraded in support of Veterans.
The Watervliet Arsenal is the only active military post between West Point and Fort Drum and has been in continuous operation since the War of 1812.
The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations during the War of 1812. It celebrated its 200th anniversary on July 14, 2013. It is a subordinate command to TACOM LCMC and the Army Materiel Command.
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