North Country Recognized For Relationship With Fort Drum

North Country Recognized For Relationship With Fort Drum

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The north country has been recognized with a national distinction for its relationship with Fort Drum.

For the first time, the tri-county region is named a Great American Defense Community. 

It's an honor that only recognizes five military communities across the country each year. 

Fritz Keel, executive director for Advocate Drum, was responsible for the nomination. 

Keel says a Great American Defense Community helps improve the quality of life for service members and military families.

"The program recognizes the best practices that communities employ to support military installations in their areas. So, we're really humbled and honored to be selected this year. But, anyone who has spent time in the north country knows that this is indeed a Great American Defense Community," he said.

A flag will be presented at Watertown's Armed Forces Day Parade this weekend to commemorate the award. 

Next month, a contingent with representation from Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will go to Washington D.C. to share the north country's story at the Association of Defense Communities National Summit.

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