Ritchie honors local veterans

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, recently honored 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony at the USO on Fort Drum.

From individuals who fought on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge to those who have served our country during more current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the diverse group of honorees were nominated for the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service and their continuing efforts to better our local communities.

Ritchie nominated veterans from her Senate district, which includes Oswego, Jefferson and part of St. Lawrence counties.

“From close calls in battle to taking part in events that many of us will only read about in history books, the stories of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness told by this year’s Veterans Hall of Fame nominees are truly remarkable,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m humbled to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have not only served our country as members of the US Armed Forces but also have made it a priority to give back to their communities in their post-military lives,” Ritchie said.

Those honored from Oswego County were:

  • 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
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