WAMPSVILLE — The veterans of Madison County were honored and recognized at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
One of the founding members of the Madison County War Veterans Memorial committee and a Vietnam veteran, Doug Ginney died on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the VA Medical Center following his battle with cancer.
“Doug was a very dynamic individual,” Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker said. “He spearheaded a lot of what the veterans did, especially WAVEM. I got to know Doug these past few years. [The Board of Supervisors] is certainly saddened by his passing.”
Ginney was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. While stationed in Vietnam, Ginney served on-board a Hughes OH-6 Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter and later led Jeep Patrols. Doug earned several military awards to include the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with “V” device as well as the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Ginney retired in 2006 as an employee of the New York State Department of Transportation as a Bridge Repair Mechanic and dispatcher. He was an active member of St. Agatha’s Church, the VFW Memorial Post 600 in Canastota, the DAV, and the South Shore Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club. Ginney was also the President of the Madison County War Veterans Memorial Corporation.
“Doug will long be remembered for his dedicated service to Madison County and his numerous contributions to our community,” Becker said. “The Madison County Board of Supervisors expresses our deepest sympathy to Doug’s family and their bereavement.”
Becker presented the resolution to Ginney’s wife, Evelyn C. Schroeder and their two sons Daniel and Ryan. The family received a standing ovation from the Board of Supervisors and those in the audience.
Following the recognition of Ginney was a presentation by Oneida resident Robin Redden and Rome resident Connie Skinner of the Oneida City Flags of Honor Committee. Formed in 2018, the committee worked to get banners hung throughout town to honor those currently in active military service. In August of 2019, 20 flags went up in Wampsville along South Court Street and Route 5.
Redden started the committee after her son Dominick, an Oneida High School graduate of 2017, left for boot camp. She started following a number of support pages for military families online and found flags of honor from different states and cities across the nation, each featuring a person currently serving in full uniform with their name.
“We wanted to start small because this project is really about our community coming together,” Redden said. “Our goal was to not have any families pay for these banners, so we had to raise money through fundraisers and donations. We started with active duty and within the year, we got our first 20 banners. And now we’re currently working on our next 16. We’re hoping by coming here and giving you our information, we can see the banner program throughout Madison County.”
“We are now open to veterans now,” Redden said. The criteria for the Oneida City Flags of Honor Committee is to have either graduated from the Oneida High School while living in the Oneida School District, homeschooled in the Oneida School District, or anyone who currently lives in the Oneida School District. To apply for a banner or to make a donation, contact the Oneida City Flags of Honor Committee at email@example.com for more information.
Hamilton Supervisor Eve Ann Schwartz asked Redden how much money the committee raised to get the banners for their first year. Skinner said in their first year, $6,000 was raised by the committee.
Eaton Supervisor Cliff Moses said he’s spoken with towns who have had flags of honor and has always wanted to do it and thanked the Oneida City Flags of Honor Committee for the example application. “This gives me a great start,” he said.
“Thank you Robin and thank your son for his service,” Becker said.