- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Descendants of soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War more than a century ago are gathering this weekend in upstate New York for the group’s national convention.

The Saratogian reports (https://bit.ly/1JXb4Co ) that the Sons of Spanish-American War Veterans is holding its 79th national convention in Saratoga Springs this weekend.

The U.S. went to war against Spain in April 1898 over the European nation’s actions in Cuba. The conflict ended after just four months with the U.S. victorious and in control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines.

Among those attending the three-day gathering that starts Friday is Tim Mabee (MAY’-bee) of Saratoga Springs. His grandfather served during the war and was later aide-de-camp to New York Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, who gained fame during the conflict by leading the charge up Cuba’s San Juan Hill.

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