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Retired Sergeant York celebrates his 32nd birthday

Equine Advocates President Susan Wagner held the lead as the well-wishers looked in. Photo by David Lee

CHATHAM – A birthday was celebrated at Equine Advocates Rescue and Sanctuary on Route 66. It was for the renowned caisson horse named Sergeant York, a veteran of many ceremonial occasions including the funeral procession of President Ronald Reagan in which he acted as the traditional riderless horse.

He is a healthy 32 years old. Sergeant York retired to Equine Advocates last year and has been a featured celebrity since. Being a veteran of the United States Army, Sergeant York has become one of the concerns of the Columbia County Veterans Service Agency Director Gary Flaherty who brought a busload of veterans to the rescue sanctuary for a little party.

The occasion included all of the usual party trappings including balloons, a carrot cake and a singing of the birthday song. Dignitaries in attendance included Destiny Hallenbeck from the office of New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey (D-41th) who presented a certificate of recognition “with gratitude for your service,” and Gunnar Wordon from the office of Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106th). Both lawmakers were in Albany working on a late state budget.

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