Company F Mem’l Committee Receives Commendation from County Legislature

L-R: Wayne Hale, Chairman David Callard, Co. F Chairman Bill Menz, Treasurer/Secretary Cathy Fox and Lynne Menz.

L-R: Wayne Hale, Chairman David Callard, Co. F Chairman Bill Menz, Treasurer/Secretary Cathy Fox and Lynne Menz.

On November 16, Chairman David Callard of the Orleans County Legislature bestowed a commendation to members of the Company F Memorial Committee as follows:

Company F Memorial in Orleans County

WHEREAS, the Medina Armory, an historic architectural structure designed by George L. Heins, was constructed from 1901 to 1903 on the corner of Pearl and Prospect Streets in the Village of Medina, NY; and

WHEREAS, the National Guard Company F 108th Infantry enlisted and trained at the Medina Armory; and

WHEREAS, local men were called to duty to fight several major wars of the 20th Century, accumulating a long and distinguished record of military service in conflicts ranging from the Spanish American War through World War II; and

WHEREAS, New York State decommissioned the Medina Armory in 1977 and left the facility to the Village of Medina; and

WHEREAS, community members assembled to form the Armory Action Committee and re-purposed the Medina Armory as a community recreational center; and

WHEREAS, in 1995, the Medina Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and

WHEREAS, the Armory Action Committee re-assembled in 2004 to form the Medina Sandstone Society dedicating themselves to historic preservation and raising funds for proper maintenance of the Armory’s exterior; and

WHEREAS, a monument to honor Company F 108th Infantry was constructed of native Medina Sandstone and erected on the grounds of the former Medina Armory by locally skilled craftsmen, and dedicated in October 2008 with World War II Veterans and their families in attendance; and

WHEREAS, the Company F Memorial Committee has raised sufficient funds from community support to complete Phase II of the Company F Memorial—the addition of a life-sized bronze statue of a young pre-World War II serviceman marching to the train station in October 1940; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Orleans County Legislature appreciates the research, design, craftsmanship, fundraising and dedication of the Company F Memorial Committee to create a permanent structure that recognizes and honors each veteran of Company F and the military heritage of Orleans County; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Orleans County Legislature commends the great work of many for the Medina Armory and Company F Memorial which will forever represent the freedoms of past and for future generations to enjoy as a result of the COURAGE, DUTY, VALOR, VIRTUE and HONOR of the Boys of Company F.

Dated this 16th day of November, 2016 In Albion, New York

David B. Callard, Chairman of the Legislature
Lynne M. Johnson, Vice Chairperson and District 2
Donald J. Allport, At Large Central
William H. Eick, District 1
E. John DeFilipps, At Large East
Fred Miller, District 3
Kenneth DeRoller, District 4

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