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Honoring John S. Edwards posthumously for special recognition by Schenectady County at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Ceremony on Janu...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring John S. Edwards posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition by Schenectady Coun-
ty at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Ceremony on January 21, 2017

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this country's
freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace in peace-
time, deserve a special salute; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commend those
who have served in times of active conflict, as well as those who have
served in times of peace; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor John
S. Edwards posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by Schenectady County at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Cere-
mony to be celebrated on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the American
Legion Post No. 1092, Niskayuna, New York; and
WHEREAS, The Schenectady County Honor-A-Veteran Committee is holding
its inaugural awards ceremony to honor deceased Schenectady County
Veterans who have served their country in time of conflict; and
WHEREAS, Born October 21, 1925, in Oakham, Massachusetts, John S.
Edwards attended Barre High School in Barre, Massachusettes, and later
earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska and a Master
of Arts from Boston University; and
WHEREAS, John S. Edwards faithfully served his country as a member of
the United States Army during World War II, the Korean War and the Viet-
nam War; his exceptional service earned him 40 United States and foreign
decorations and awards including the Legion of Merit, the Daughters of
the American Revolution Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart; and
WHEREAS, The son of a World War I veteran, John S. Edwards was a
career military officer, retiring in 1972 with the rank of Colonel; his
distinguished service included participation in eleven major battle
campaigns, the 1952 Nevada Atomic Tests and a Pentagon posting in Wash-
ington, D.C.; and
WHEREAS, During World War II, John S. Edwards was shot down on his
24th mission over Germany and was taken Prisoner of War (POW); in May of
1945, he was liberated by General George Patton's 14th Armored Division;
through his POW experience, he forged his lasting faith, love of family,
love of freedom, and respect for food; and
WHEREAS, Following his military career, John S. Edwards entered New
York State service which included leadership roles as Executive Director
for the New York State Interdepartmental Fuel and Energy Committee, and
Director of Contingency Planning for the New York State Energy Office;
he retired from New York State in 1994; and
WHEREAS, Forever active in veterans' support activities, John S.
Edwards was the First Commander of the New York Chapter of Ex-POWs and
served as its National Commander from 1989-1990; he was also Past Presi-
dent of the Northeast Chapter of the Korean War Veterans, National
Committee Chairman to establish the National POW Museum at Anderson-
ville, Georgia, and founder and Chapter President of the New York State
Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs, New
York; and
WHEREAS, John S. Edwards died on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the age of
90; and
WHEREAS, John S. Edwards was a loving and caring husband to his wife,
Helga, a caring father to John S. Jr. and Laura, and a proud grandfather
to his five grandchildren, Emma, Jurgen, Henry, Tristan and Hagan; and

WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their State and Nation; and
WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and
thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and for
their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor John S. Edwards posthumously upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition by Schenectady County at its Honor-A-Deceased-
Veteran Ceremony on January 21, 2017; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of John S. Edwards.

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  • 13 / Jan / 2017
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 18 / Jan / 2017
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 18 / Jan / 2017
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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