Canton, NY, Nov 12, 2009 — Wednesday was Veterans' Day across America. The holiday is especially poignant this year so soon after the deadly shootings at Fort Hood in Texas and so near to President Obama's decision over how to go forward in Afghanistan. But in towns across the North Country, Veterans' Day is celebrated as it always is, with solemn ceremonies remembering the men and women of the region who helped defend this country. In Canton, about 50 people gathered in front of the town hall on Main Street. Each year, the color guard of VFW Post 1231 raises the flag in memory of one local veteran. As trucks rumbled down Route 11, Chaplain John Saucier recalled the life of Donald White. White joined the Army in March 1943. He was assigned to the 512th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company.