Sen. Patty Ritchie is seeking St. Lawrence County nominees for the Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame program.
Ritchie, who represents a large portion of St. Lawrence County including, Ogdensburg, Canton, Morristown and Lisbon, says the hall of fame pays tribute to those who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.
“Throughout the past several years I have had the opportunity to recognize so many men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices in their lives by serving in our Armed Forces,” Ritchie said.
“What’s so impressive though, is that even after leaving the service, they continue to contribute to our communities in very significant ways. I’m honored to once again be able to recognize the veterans in our region who are making a difference and look forward to hearing the stories of this year’s nominees.”
Each senator can induct one veteran annually, who will be honored at a special ceremony in Albany on May 20. All nominees from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties will be recognized locally at an event to be held at Fort Drum on May 15.
Last year, Col. (Ret.) Terrence Roche was selected as Ritchie’s inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. A 26-year military veteran, Col. Roche was serving as a Garrison Commander when the announcement was made in 1984 that Fort Drum would be home to the 10th Mountain Division. Col. Roche was instrumental in the planning and initial execution of the $1.2 billion construction project and the rapid expansion of the installation.
Veterans’ posts, family members and community leaders in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties can make nominations. Nomination forms are on Senator Ritchie’s website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov, or can be sent to individuals by calling (315) 782-3418. Nominations must be received by April 20.