State Senator Patty Ritchie honored more than 60 veterans from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including more than 50 individuals who fought in World War II, at her annual “Veterans Hall of Fame” ceremony at the Dobisky Center in Ogdensburg on Tuesday (July 31).
These Central and Northern New York veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities, especially for soldiers and veterans.
“From critical battles during World War II, to more recent conflicts in the Middle East, these brave individuals have demonstrated what it truly means to be a hero. It is because of their willingness to serve and the sacrifices they, and their families, made that we can enjoy all of the freedoms we have today,” said Senator Ritchie. “To honor and personally thank each and everyone one of these heroes for protecting our great nation and its people is one of the most humbling experiences I will ever have.”
Joining Senator Ritchie during this special ceremony was the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division, Brigadier General Patrick Donahoe, Fort Drum’s Deputy Division Chaplain, Major Joshua Ade -who delivered the invocation – and the 10th Mountain Division Color Guard, which posted the colors.
In addition, Jefferson County resident Callie Rapant performed the National Anthem to open Tuesday’s ceremony.
Senator Ritchie was pleased to induct the following heroes into her Veterans Hall of Fame:
John William Austin
Henry LaClair Sr.
Francis (Mitch) Mitchell
Charles (Chuck) Mosher
Charles (Chuck) Ruggiero Jr.
Lauren (Larry) Vogt
St. Lawrence County:
James Gardner II
To read more about those honored, visit Senator Ritchie’s website at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.