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Albany's armory has a new name

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A plaque is presented to Manning's family A plaque is presented to Manning's family
Veronica Johnson Veronica Johnson

The National Guard Armory is now Command Sergeant Major Billy G. Manning Readiness Center.

Manning started at the armory in 1954 holding numerous positions. He retired in 1996 to spend more time with his family.

Manning became ill and passed away before the ceremony could be scheduled.

On Monday, he was described as someone that didn't mind hurting your feelings to save your life.

His daughter, Veronica Johnson, says he could say a whole lot in just a few words.  

"He always expected a lot of others but he never expected anything that wasn't doable and never was the kind of person that wouldn't jump in and do something himself. To know other people thought of him as much as I did is very touching and humbling. He was a soldier's soldier. He loved what he did with every ounce of his being. He touched a lot of people and I think made a lot of people better people in the long run."

Manning handed out gold coins that many still carry with his motto on the back that says "Make it happen."

 

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