Examiner: Celebrate Second Annual Veterans Hall of Fame
After being postponed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the second annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame will be hosted by State Senator Greg Ball on Saturday, March 2 at Henry H. Wells Middle School in Brewster.
The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created by Ball, and is designed to honor outstanding veterans throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that will be honored will also be individually honored on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the district.
“I am excited to induct this second class of heroes into our Veterans’ Hall of Fame,” said Ball. “ These men and women have been hand-picked by their communities because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty. America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”
Being inducted this year is: Amenia: Stephen Valyou, Bedford: Guy E. Zinser, Beekman: James Tobin, Buchanan: Emanuel Uva, Carmel: Joseph F. Toleno, Cortlandt: William Nazario, Croton-On-Hudson: Vincent A. Matero, Carmel Ladies Aux: Alyssa Dellaripa, Dover: Baptist Joseph Bianco, Lewisboro: Raymond Stone, Milan: Sam Lore, Mount Kisco: Santo Asaro, Mount Pleasant: Joseph Gullotta and Stephen Loia, New Castle: Gabriel Rosenfeld, North Salem: Joe Tyson, Northeast: Sid Byron, Patterson: Harvey Strode, Pawling (Village): Stan Mersand, Pawling (Town): Thomas Wichtendahl (posthumously), Pleasantville: Bert Ruiz, Peekskill: Brendon Fitzgerald and George Ondek, Pine Plains: John F. Ryan, Pound Ridge: Edward Lucas, Sleepy Hollow: Chick Galella, Somers: Richard Bertram and Jack Lederman, Southeast: Robert Palmer and Yorktown: Robert Perry.