North Country Leaders Re-Sign Covenant To Support Military
North country leaders renewed a promise Friday to support the military in northern New York. The event comes just in time for Watertown to get some national recognition.
Military and north country leaders Friday signed the Army Community Covenant, a renewed promise to support the troops and their families.
Former 10th Mountain Division and current Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin was on hand for the ceremony.
"This re-signing of the Army Community Covenant is really just an outward demonstration of the strong bonds that have existed between our communities for a long time," Austin said.
The covenant was first signed in 2008 to formalize support from communities across the country.
The north country is one of the first to renew that commitment.
"The signing of the document certainly is important, but more importantly it is what you do each and every day," said north country Congressman Bill Owens.
"This is the most patriotic community in the United States and I've been to an awful lot of them and this is number 1!" said Maj. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Drum's commanding general.
The big display of patriotism comes just in time.
It was announced that national judges were coming to Watertown Friday.
The city is a finalist in a competition to be the nation's Most Patriotic Town.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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