On this November 11, local groups are gathering to honor the service of all military veterans and the sacrifices of their dependents.
At the College of Saint Rose, there’s a Flag-raising ceremony at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon. It’s part of a week-long series of events:
• Wall of Honor in the Main Lounge of the Events and Athletics Center;
• Display of photos by veteran students attending Saint Rose in the lobby of the Events and Athletics Center;
• Operation Adopt a Soldier donation boxes at various locations around the campus.
Saint Rose has been named a “Military Friendly School®” by Victory Media, publisher of the premier publications for military personnel transitioning to civilian life, for the fourth consecutive year. The designation honors the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace military service members and veterans as students. Saint Rose is one of eight Capital Region institutions on the list of 1,877 nationwide that give priority to the recruitment of students with military experience and their spouses and help ensure their success in the classroom and after they graduate.
In Watervliet, residents and city officials will honor local veterans, unveiling a new Memorial Monument plaque during a ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park (16th St. and 2nd Ave.) at 10 a.m. The dedication ceremony will add 45 new names to the monument.
“This ceremony is a great way for everyone to come together and honor those who gave their lives protecting us,” said Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning in a statement. “The addition of these names allows us to expand this memorial which we will continue doing for decades to come.”
The park’s Veteran Memorial Monument honors Watervliet veterans. Names of those who were Watervliet residents at the time of their induction into the military and served during a conflict are displayed. Watervliet City Councilwoman Ellen Fogarty will dedicate a new plaque to families of those that served. Families of veterans and Watervliet residents will gather as taps and the national anthem is played, honoring the city’s veterans.
And in Rensselaer County on Sunday, local officials paid tribute to veterans at the Brunswick Elks Lodge in Eagle Mills. Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino was joined by other county as well as state and federal officials for a medal presentation ceremony to honor eight veterans who served their country as members of the United States Military including those from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to participate in this ceremony and honor our veterans and their loved ones for their service and sacrifice to our nation. Throughout our nation’s history the men and women of our Armed Forces have answered the call to duty and selflessly defended our rights, freedoms, and way of life, protecting the freedoms we hold so dear, ” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino in a statement.
These ceremonies provide local veterans, their families, friends, and colleagues the opportunity to participate in the formal presentation ceremony in which veterans, some of whom are deceased are honored.
Among the distinguished United States Military veterans honored for their service:
•William Barrett, US Marine Corps, awarded posthumously to his widow Mary, recipient of the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars and the Foreign Medals including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation: Gallantry Cross with Palm and France ribbon bar;
•Laverne Brown, Vietnam, Navy, awarded posthumously to his widow Ann, recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Service Stars, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and the Foreign Awards including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 1960 Device and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Gallantry Cross w/ Palm and Frame ribbon bar;
•Anthony Furciniti, Korea, Navy, recipient of the Navy Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal;
•Carl Miller Jr. WWII, Army Air Corps, awarded posthumously to his son Mark, recipient of the Air Medal w/ 2 Bronze Service Stars, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 4 Bronze Service Stars, WWII Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII;
•Philip Ryan, Vietnam, Navy, recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Service Stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Foreign Awards including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 1960 Device, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Gallantry Cross w/ Palm and Frame ribbon bar, and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Civil Action Color w/ Palm and Frame ribbon bar;
•Michael Scarchilli, Vietnam, US Marine Corps, recipient of the Purple Heart Medal (previously issued), National Defense Service Medal (previously issued), Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Bronze Service Star, Combat Action Ribbon (previously issued), Honorable Discharge Button, and the Foreign Awards including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 1960 Device, and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Gallantry Cross w/ Palm and Frame ribbon bar;
•Joseph Skiba, Vietnam, Navy, recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars;
•Eddy Sorokey, WWII, Army, posthumously to his widow Reine or Daughter Pam, recipient of the National Defense Service Medal.