National Guard Honors President Van Buren at His Grave

KINDERHOOK, N.Y. (AP) -
Justin Monetti, the superintendent of the National Park Service’s Martin Van Buren Historic Site, speaks Saturday during a ceremony at his gravesite in Kinderhook, N.Y. (New York National Guard)
Justin Monetti, the superintendent of the National Park Service’s Martin Van Buren Historic Site, speaks Saturday during a ceremony at his gravesite in Kinderhook, N.Y. (New York National Guard)

New York National Guard members laid a wreath Saturday on President Martin Van Buren’s Hudson Valley grave on his 233rd birthday.

Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, 20 miles south of Albany in Columbia County, on Dec. 5, 1782. He served in the White House from 1837 to 1841 and was the first president born under the U.S. flag.

Van Buren was also Andrew Jackson’s vice president for eight years. He died in 1862.

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