Thanking – and Remembering – Our Veterans

Rensselaer County has resolved to never forget the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Sunday brought one of the more important events, with the annual Veteran’s Breakfast and medal ceremony. The medal ceremony allows for the presentation of medals earned during previous military service. On Sunday, medals were presented to nine veterans and their families. The veterans include:

William E. Barrett, posthumously, for service with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War;

Laverne C. Brown, posthumously, for service with the United States Navy during Vietnam;

Donald F. Devoe, for service with the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam;

Anthony Furciniti, for service with the U.S. Navy during Korea;

Carl W. Miller Jr., posthumously, for service with the U.S. Army during World War II;

Philip J. Ryan, for service with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam;

Michael Scarchilli, for service with the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam;

Joseph Skiba, for service with the U.S. Navy during Vietnam; and

Eddy A. Sorokey, posthumously, for service with the U.S. Army during World War II.

The medals were earned by each veteran for service in defending and protecting our freedom, and due to various circumstances, were never presented. The ceremony Sunday is an opportunity to present medals for outstanding and often heroic service to deserving veterans or their families, and to demonstrate our commitment to recognizing the vast contributions of our veterans and their families. I was proud to participate in the ceremony, along County Executive Kathleen Jimino, Legislators Thomas Walsh, Alex Shannon, Judith Breselor and Edward Manny, Troy Mayor Louis Rosamilia, Congressman Chris Gibson, Congressman Paul Tonko, State Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Assemblyman John McDonald and Brunswick Councilman Dan Casale.

Unfortunately missing from the ceremony is longtime Rensselaer County Veteran Service Agency Director Bob Reiter, who is dealing with a serious illness. We wish Bob and his family our best as they deal with the illness, and recognize his service to our county as VSA director, and service to our country with the Marines in Vietnam.

Veteran’s Day is a day to remember and thank our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to our nation. Please take a moment to thank a veteran during this special holiday for all they have done to keep our nation great.

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