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November 10th, 2011

Honoring Those Who Fought For Our Democracy

This past Tuesday we all had the opportunity to express our freedom of democracy by voting for the candidates of our choice. On Friday we must all take time out to honor and pay tribute to all those brave men and woman who fought long hard to give us that democracy. If it were not for our veterans, life as we know it in the United States would be far different.
Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day a celebration of the termination of World War I on November 11, 1918. President Eisenhower renamed it Veterans Day in 1954 realizing those who brought the end to war were more deserving of accolades than the end of war itself.

Sullivan County does everything feasible to assist these brave men and women who are our veterans.

The Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency provides entitlement information and advocacy assistance to military personnel, to military veterans, and their dependents in matters related to federal, state and local benefits. They are not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, but instead are a county agency dedicated to serving veterans and their families. They are knowledgeable on the huge array of programs, benefits and services that are available to all veterans.

John Crotty, Director of the Veterans Service Agency, spoke with me about Veteran’s Day and what it means to him. “For the love of country, family, and faith members of this nation, some not even citizens, swore an oath to defend and bear true faith to a concept of life defined by the Constitution of the United States. This is a profound act that few people outside of military service are ever called upon to perform.”

Crotty added, “A price came with this pledge including drastically altered lifestyles, separation from family and home, hardships, and sometimes worse. This commitment and the memories of service did not end when they took off their uniforms. Veterans are still standing up to be counted and have contributed much to their communities. The oath does not fade with time.”

In Sullivan County there are many events that will pay tribute to our veterans including, a Veterans’ Day Service at 10:30 AM at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello.

Al Etkin will be the Master of Ceremonies, sponsored by the American Legion, Jewish War Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Keynote Speaker will be Sanders Matthews, President of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point.

There will also be a Veterans Day Ceremony in Roscoe at 9 AM at the Roscoe Fire Department, and in Liberty 10:30 AM at the Clarence Hoyt VFW Post 9217 will be observing Veterans Day at the Liberty Elks Lodge 1545 at 21 John Street and their Keynote Speaker will be Town Judge Brian Rourke.

In Wurtsboro there will be a ceremony at 11 AM in Veterans Park, Sponsored by American Legion Post 1266 and guest speaker will be County Court Judge Frank LaBuda. Sergeant Andrew C. Brucher will be conducting a service on at 11 AM, at the Veterans Park in Kauneonga Lake.

On Saturday, the Annual Veteran’s Day Parade, Sponsored by The Woodbourne Fire Company will begin at 1 PM.

Please come out and show your support of our Veterans.

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