City to conduct Veteran’s Day program

The Johnstown Police Department Honor Guard fires off a three-shot salute at the Johnstown Veterans' Day Program Sunday at the downtown bandshell. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city will conduct its annual Veterans’ Day Program at 11 a.m. Monday at the downtown Charles Jenner Band Shell at Sir William Johnson Park off West Main Street.

The public program will begin after all church bells have sounded.

Featured speaker for the program will be attorney and veteran Jennifer Bacon Wojeski, a former U.S. Navy lieutenant.

A welcome will be offered by Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson.

John Morris, master chief storekeeper U.S.N.R. (retired) will serve as master of ceremonies for the program. He will also lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

There will be a moment of silence for deceased veterans.

Wojeski was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2004. As a surface warfare officer, she reported to the USS Tortuga (LSD-46) in Little Creek, Va., where she served as the electronic warfare officer and later the Combat Information Center officer.

While on the USS Tortuga, Wojeski participated in international training exercises UNITAS (South America) and BALTOPS (Baltic Sea). She was also part of Joint Task Force Hurricane Katrina, which helped rescue and transport displaced Americans to safety.

For her second tour, Wojeski reported to the USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) out of Norfolk, Va., where she served as ship’s navigator. She successfully navigated the ship in and out of over a dozen ports during a Mediterranean deployment, as part of the Standing NATO’s Maritime Group-2.

Wojeski separated from the Navy as a lieutenant and attended Albany Law School. She was admitted to the New York state bar in 2012. She is currently a practicing attorney in Gloversville, with a focus on elder law, estate planning, and estate administration.

Other speakers Monday will include Pastor Heather Kramer of the Johnstown Reformed Church, who will provide the invocation and benediction.

Color guards will include the Johnstown Fire Department and the Johnstown Police Department Honor Guard.

Providing musical selections will be the Johnstown High School Band.

Johnstown Boy Scout Troop 104 will present the wreath.

A three-shot salute will be provided by the city police Honor Guard.


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