Friday, August 08, 2014
Legion Members Honor Fallen General
GUILDERLAND, NY – On the day Major General Harold Greene’s body returned to the United States (Aug. 7), local American Legion members joined together at his boyhood home to remember his life, News10 TV reported.
Legion members laid flags around the boyhood home of Major General Greene, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5 making him the highest ranking official to die in combat since Vietnam.
“It’s very meaningful to show our support for his family and to honor his memory,” childhood friend Philip Pelkey told the TV station.
But even for those American Legion members who did not know him, losing someone with local ties is always hard, News10 reported.
“A lot of us here are veterans,” organizer Stephen Oliver said. “Could have been us at any phone call.”
News10 reported that Legion Riders rode from the Altamont Legion to Greene’s father’s home to give Greene a soldier’s salute and official prayer of their own.
“We’re here to honor a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” Oliver told the TV station.
Green’s father and brother were in attendance at the salute.
Green graduated from Guilderland High School and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from RPI in Troy.