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John McKenna

Nov 11, 2022

Veterans from American Legion Post 46 in Goshen and American Legion Post 27 in Litchfield participated in a program that included students singing songs, reading poems and distributing gifts to veterans.

Don Sage of American Legion Post 46 in Goshen holds the Quilt of Valor presented by the Goshen Star Quilters Guild during the Veterans Day program at Goshen Center School on Thursday. BZ photos

Patriotism was in the air at Goshen Center School on Thursday as students and staff observed Veterans Day.

Principal Tracy Keilty served as master of ceremonies and delivered greetings to the 22 veterans on hand. Third-grade teacher Sarah Miller sang a rousing rendition of the national anthem.

The Goshen Star Quilters Guild presented a Quilt of Valor to veteran Don Sage of Goshen, who belongs to Post 46 and Post 27. Sage is an Air Force veteran whose service included a deployment during the Persian Gulf War. The Quilt of Valor is awarded to a veteran or an active duty serviceman or woman who has experienced war. Guild member Deborah Ullman introduced Sage as the recipient and Shirley Pedone of the guild presented the colorful quilt made by the guild.

Sage was on active duty in the Air Force from 1975-79, working in security at Fairchild Air Force Base. He was in the Air Force Reserves from 1989 to 1997, stationed at Westover Air Force Base and was deployed with the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Unit, which flew missions airlifting wounded during the Persian Gulf War. He retired in 1997 at the rank of master sergeant and with a total of 21 years of service.

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