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16th Annual Glens Falls Christmas Eve March Honors Service Members

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Spectrum News

Glens Falls Christmas Eve March Honors Service Members

By Erika Leigh Glens Falls

The annual Christmas Eve Road March honoring veterans and active duty service members stepped off in Glens Falls on Tuesday morning for the 16th year in a row.

"I wouldnt be any other place," said Dana Marcotte of Lake Luzerne.

When Sergeant First Class Art Coon started the annual Christmas Eve march in 2004, he was working as a recruiter for the National Guard.

"Our soldiers from the local armory were deployed to Iraq, and we could easily be home in our pajamas sipping hot cocoa. I didn’t want them to think we had done that — forgotten them," Sgt. Coon said. "So I thought 'what could I do to grab their attention?' I’m like, ‘I’m gonna do a road march!’ "

Marcotte has been coming since that first year.

"My children were deployed over Christmas, so I know what it’s like for families and I know what it’s like for the soldiers, and this is just a small way to honor the fact that they can’t be home with you," Marcotte said.

Read more: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2019/12/24/16th-annual-glens-falls-christmas-eve-military-march-draws-thousands