(The paddling event to honor military veterans)
After a postponement in May due to adverse weather, thirty-five paddlers participated in the rescheduled Rolling on the River event on the Fox River, August 22, 2015.
The event began at Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego, where Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets presented the Colors and the National Anthem was sung. Following the usual acknowledgements and safety topics, vets and volunteers launched onto the Fox River for a leisurely paddle down to Yorkville.
Upon arriving in Yorkville, veterans and volunteers alike were treated to a picnic lunch of Angus burgers, fresh sweet corn, and all the side dishes, prepared by Greg Vana and Jeff Cox (who also volunteered their services to honor military veterans). Lunch was served under the pavilion at Riverside Park (by the Marge Cline Whitewater Park), where everyone enjoyed great conversation and watched a few canoeists and kayakers playing in the whitewater.
After lunch, seven paddlers decided to brave the whitewater. Following a short safety presentation, they were matched up with experienced whitewater paddlers and paddled tandem down the chute. The grins on their faces told the story.
All too soon the day was over. Everyone – veteran and volunteer alike – stated that they had had a great time and that they looked forward to doing it again next year.