A young boy writes on the Watchfire pile wall of remembrance, before the burn. Photo by Mike Greenlar | Central Current

Last Sunday, the Syracuse Watchfire returned to the New York State Fairgrounds after a three-year absence related to COVID and associated concerns.  The Memorial Day weekend tradition continued this year with thousands of discarded American flags placed on the pile to burn.

The blank walls on the south end of the pile offered participants an opportunity to write messages in honor of fallen loved ones in war.  For over three decades, the event was conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 103.  Along with the chapter’s continued support, the CNY Veterans Recognition Foundation has now assumed the responsibility for the Watchfire.

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