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  • Fallen Stars mural available for display

  • Members of the Fallen Stars Memorial Committee want residents to know the traveling mural has been updated and is available for display.

    “The mural is a unique tribute to the men and women from New York State who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said committee member Ray Lenarcic. “These men and women died for their country. They deserve for us to know who they were.”

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  • Members of the Fallen Stars Memorial Committee want residents to know the traveling mural has been updated and is available for display.
    “The mural is a unique tribute to the men and women from New York State who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said committee member Ray Lenarcic. “These men and women died for their country. They deserve for us to know who they were.”
    The mural carries the image of every life lost to the war and has been to more than 70 venues across New York. It will be at a number of locations in the coming weeks, including Acacia Village in Utica on May 8, Weller Park in Mohawk on May 26, the Burlington Flats Memorial Day celebration on May 27, Veterans Memorial Park at Herkimer County Community College on June 17 and the Rome Patriot Days on July 26.
    Speaking about the May 26 visit to Weller Park, Lenarcic said the mural would be on display during a Memorial Day concert scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
    “The concert will feature the vocal stylings of Dale and Brandon Edwards and John Seymour, and will be dedicated to the memories of the state’s Fallen Stars and the four area men who were killed in last month’s horrific tragedy,” he said.
    Harry Montgomery, Sr., of Mohawk, and Michael G. Rancier, of Herkimer, were killed at John’s Barber Shop in the village of Mohawk the morning of March 13 when Kurt Myers entered the shop and began shooting. Also shot were Seymour, owner of John’s Barber Shop, who is recovering at home, and Dan Haslauer, a customer.
    After the shooting at the barbershop, Myers drove to Gaffey’s Fast Lube in the village of Herkimer, where he shot and killed Thomas Stefka, an employee at Gaffey’s, and Michael L. Renshaw, a 20-year veteran of New York State Corrections. He then drove to the former Glory Days on North Main Street, where he remained until law enforcement officers entered the building on the morning of March 14 and shot and killed him.
    Investigators have no answers as to why the 64-year-old man went on a shooting spree.
    “The sacrifices these men and women made represent the very most a person can do for their country,” Lenarcic said of the Fallen Stars. “We, the living, have a responsibility to do things in the community in their memories. It’s going to be an emotional day.”
    Earlier in the month the mural was displayed at the American Legion regional meeting and the Rotary Club regional meeting at Vernon Downs. It will be displayed in Washington, D.C., in the future at the request of Congressman Richard Hanna.
    Anyone interested in displaying the Fallen Stars Memorial Mural may call Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post No. 25 Commander Rich Monahan at 866-4870.

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