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Senator will honor local veterans on post


ALBANY – State Sen. Patty Ritchie will honor 28 veterans of the U.S. armed forces during a special ceremony that will take place at 2 p.m. today at the USO Fort Drum.
Those who will be honored were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by Family Members, friends, co-workers and comrades in arms for their military service to the nation and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve local communities.
“It takes a very special, dedicated person to serve, and it takes an even more devoted person to continue to give back by serving one’s community,” Ritchie said.
“From fighting for freedom during WWII to serving on the front lines during recent conflicts, the contributions made by this year’s honorees are truly remarkable. I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to honor them with this special event and thank them for their selflessness and service.”

Veterans being honored at the event include the following:

Jefferson County
*Bianca Amthor of Watertown: Army
*Clarence Benware of Black River: Navy
*Andy Cambron of Adams Center: Army
*Ed Flannigan of Watertown: Army
*Arthur Krahn of Clayton: Army
*Joseph McLaughlin of Evans Mills: Army
*Ben Scordo of Watertown: Army
*Robert VanBenschoten of Henderson: Navy
*Fred VanPatten of Watertown: Army Air Corps
*Robert Williams of Clayton: Navy
*Stanley Zaremba of Watertown: Army

Oswego County
*Frances Flanagan, formerly of Minetto: Air Force
*Robert Green of Fulton: Navy
*Edward Hurley, formerly of Oswego: Army
*Richard LaCrosse Sr., formerly of Parish: Army Air Corps
*Maynard Lonis of Phoenix: Merchant Marine
*Russell Marsden of Mexico: Army
*Arnold Shaw of West Monroe: Army
*George Smith, formerly of Oswego: Army
*Donald Turk of Pennellville: Army
*Wallace Whipple of Phoenix: Army
*Jim Weinhoid of Fulton: Navy, Air National Guard

St. Lawrence County
*John Halford of Gouverneur: Marines
*Doug Hazelton of Ogdensburg: Army
*Michael Marino of Canton: Navy
*Edwin Pierce of Canton: Army
*Darryl Sapoff of Gouverneur: Army
*William Spriggs of Massena: Army

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