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Honoring Greece Veterans

This is the “Gary Beikirch Veterans’ Memorial” located at the Greece Town Hall of Greece, NY.  This memorial pays tribute to and has inscribed the veterans of Greece, NY residents.  Those honored are not only those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during war time, but also living war survivors.  It should be noted that the memorial is named after a local veteran “Gary Beikirch” of Greece, NY who served as a member of the prestigious Special Forces during the Vietnam War.  Gary is also one of a few living veterans’ to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for exemplary service; his courageous story can be seen here:  Unlike the memorials mentioned in the Barbara Biesecker reading that only honors deceased veterans for their service in WWII; this local memorial honors veterans who served in support of any U.S. war both deceased and living survivors.  God bless our nation, our troops, those who gave their lives to defend it, and we should not also forget the sons, daughters, siblings and parents whose lives were forever changed due to the loss of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf!!




I truly believe in the remembrance of veterans who have served our country. The willingness to put their lives on the line and serve our country is tremendous and something I will most likely never experience. However, I wish there were more statues, flowers, bushes, etc in front of this memorial so when strangers or non-Rochesterians walk by, they will know more about the veterans that have served this great country of ours.


I was think about this a the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I was wondering if every body memorialized were only people that died there or if there were some that served and came back. its a good thing to think about when visiting these memorials.

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