Veterans from Gouverneur, Ogdensburg, Massena, Canton to be honored at Fort Drum on Thursday
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

State Sen. Patty Ritchie will honor six St. Lawrence County military veterans at a special ceremony taking place on Fort Drum Thursday.

John Halford of Gouverneur, Marines; Michael Marino, Navy; and Doug Hazelton of Ogdensburg, Edwin Pierce of Canton, Darryl Sapoff of Gouverneur and William Spriggs of Massena, U.S. Army, will be honored at the event.

These veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our 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,” Sen. 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.”

Sen. Ritchie’s Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Fort Drum USO.