Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes

By Senator Patty Ritchie
It’s often said that serving one’s country is the most selfless job there is.

Living close to Fort Drum, it’s something the people in Central and Northern New York see each and every day, our troops and our veterans making a difference through their service and the contributions being made to their communities.

Because our troops make the ultimate sacrifice, it’s so important that we take the time to honor them.

While most people pause to recognize the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces on Memorial Day or Veterans Day, we should make it a priority to thank military members for their service any chance we get.

That’s why I’m happy to once again participate in the New York State Senate’s ‘Veterans Hall of Fame Program.’ This online Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

Through the program, each State Senator gets the chance to induct one veteran annually, who will be honored at a special ceremony in Albany on May 21.

All nominees from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties will be recognized locally at an event to be held on Fort Drum on May 10.

Last year, I was able to honor 39 local veterans from across Central and Northern New York, including US Army Col. Michael Plummer, founder of the “Adopt-a-Platoon” program, who was selected as the 2012 inductee to the State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

These local heroes were a special group, whose service spanned the globe, from Omaha Beach to Korea and Vietnam, as well as recent conflicts in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror.

I’m thrilled to once again have the opportunity to honor another group of distinguished men and women.

If you know someone who should be honored through the Veterans Hall of Fame program, you can visit my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov to download a nomination form or call my office at (315) 782-3418 and I’ll be happy to mail you one.

All nominations must be received by April 19.

Central and Northern New York are home to so many brave men and women who have given it all to make our great country a safer and better place.

I hope you’ll take the time to nominate a veteran for the Veterans Hall of Fame and help me thank the people who have fought for our freedom.