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Tioga County Celebrates Veterans And Those Who Honor Them

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OWEGO, N.Y. -

Tioga County veterans and the community gathered at the VFW Post 1371 in Owego to recognize Veterans Day. 

This year's celebration not only honored veterans, but those who honor them. 

"I thought today was particular that we should honor those who honor the veterans," says Jim Raftis, the master of ceremonies. 

With over 4,000 veterans living throughout Tioga County, communities and individuals have taken it upon themselves to find ways to show them appreciation. 

Some of the projects completed this year alone include designating Tioga as a Purple Heart Community, two veterans memorials -- one in Candor and one in Nichols -- banners in different villages featuring local veterans, and an effort to digitize the directory of local deceased veterans' grave sites. 

Another project announced at the ceremony could make Route 17c a Gold Star Families Highway. That has to be voted on at the state level, but Tioga Legislature Chair Martha Sauerbrey says she's confident it could become a reality by next year.