Henry P. Smith Post American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2246 will honor the area’s servicemen and women with a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, Nov. 11.
Line-up will be at 10:15 a.m., organizers say, with the ceremony to follow at 10:30 a.m.
Rick Weltz will serve as master of ceremonies, with the Invocation provided by Council Chaplain Dale Zdziebko. Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo will welcome veterans and guests.
Easter Air Defense Sector personnel will perform the Retiring of the Colors, which will be flown in honor of Charles McAleese, U.S. Air Force Retired.
The ceremony will also include the performance of both the National Anthem and Canadian National Anthem, with members of the Canadian Honor Guard. Guest speaker will be Khawar Nasim, Deputy Consul General of Canada in New York.
A memorial wreath presentation will be performed by Gold Star Mothers Agnes Geary and Janet Uvanni. There will also be a firing detail, a performance of Taps and Amazing Grace, followed by the benediction and the singing of God Bless America.
Participating organizations are: Henry P. Smith Post, VFW Post 2246, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20, Frank J. Steczko Post PAV, NYS Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 82nd Airborne Association, Edward L. Smith Detachment Marine Corps League, Air Force Sergeants Association of the Mohawk Valley, Chiefs Group of the Mohawk Valley, Order of the Purple Heart Association, Ex-POWs Association, Knights of Columbus Council 391 Fourth Degree, East Air Defense Sector, Canadian Detachment Great Rome-Utica Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, Rome Free Academy Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, Rome School District CAP Cadets and the American-Ukrainian Veterans, along with associated auxiliaries.
Nasim serves as the Deputy Consul General of Canada in New York. Prior to his New York assignment, Nasim was Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis.
Nasim is a career diplomat who joined the Canadian Department of External Affairs in 1993. During his time at headquarters, Nasim served in the European Investment and Technology Division, the South Asian Trade Division and the Trade Operations policy unit. His
overseas career has included postings in Italy from 1999 to 2002, where he served as Second Secretary (Commercial), in Spain where he was Consul from 2004 to 2007 and Italy for a second time where he served as Minister-Counsellor (Commercial-Economic) from 2007 to 2010.
In 2010, Nasim took a leave from government to work as vice president of external affairs, for one of Canada’s largest gold companies, Yamana Gold of Toronto (2010 to 2013). In 2014, he returned to the diplomatic service and served as counsellor in The Hague where he served from 2014 to 2016. Nasim was named Canada’s consul general in Minneapolis in July 2016 and Deputy Consul General in New York in November 2017.
Nasim has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Carleton University and a master’s degree in business administration from McGill University. He is married to Lise Beaulne Nasim; they have two children, Nico and Olivia.
McAleese, 83, formerly of Rome, died on May 15, 2019 under the care of Hospice in Orange City, Fla. He was born on May 14, 1936 to the late Charles W. and Katherine (Tooley) McAleese Kieff, in Syracuse. He spent his early years in Philadelphia, N.Y. with his aunt and uncle Simeon and Holly Austin. On Jan. 19, 1957, he married Margaret J. Godfrey at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Watertown.
McAleese was a member of the Air Force and proudly served his country during both Desert Storm and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1997 from Loring Air Force Base in Maine. He went on to work as a civilian at Griffiss Air Force Base until their closing in 1995. He was a lifetime member of the Rome American Legion and the Rome VFW.