UTICA – The Masonic Care Community held their annual Veterans Day celebration today.
The event is a special celebration each year because many of the residents themselves are veterans.
The morning was filled with a number of patriotic songs and readings from a variety of veterans.
"I think it should mean a lot to them, because the way we live in this country – I think they should appreciate all the vets,” said Irwin Bowen, a north Utican who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1957. “I mean, there's a lot of guys who died who made this country what we are today as Americans.”
Taps was also played at the event, which was actually written by a Utica man. Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, who composed Taps, was born in Utica in 1831.