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NY National Guard to honor President Van Buren

December 5, 2013
Associated Press

KINDERHOOK, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the New York National Guard will be paying tribute to President Martin Van Buren at his Hudson Valley gravesite.

Van Buren was born in his family's tavern in Kinderhook, 20 miles south of Albany, on Dec. 5, 1782. He was the first president born under the United States flag. Van Buren served in the White House from 1837 to 1841. He died in July 1862 and is buried in Kinderhook Cemetery.

Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields, director of the joint staff for the New York National Guard, will be joined by Army and Air Guardsman at the cemetery Thursday morning for a wreath-laying ceremony marking Van Buren's 231st birthday.

The U.S. military honors the nation's former presidents by laying wreaths at their gravesites on the anniversary of their birth.



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