Schmitt holds ceremony to honor veterans

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt organized a ceremony in Goshen Tuesday night to recognize 16 veterans from the 99th Assembly District who will be featured on a portable “wall of honor” that will be mounted in various places around the district for the next year.

“I am honored to be able to host this inaugural Veterans’ Hall of Fame event to pay respect to our heroes who have dedicated their lives to defending our freedoms, protecting our country and serve our community,” the New Windsor Republicans said in a statement afterward.

The induction ceremony was held at the Orange County Government Center. The wall that will display the veterans’ stories was built by members of Carpenters Local 279, Laborers Local 17 and American Legion Post 1796.

The inductees, their hometowns and military branch are: Andrew Morris, Blooming Grove, Army National Guard; Thomas Simmons, Chester, Marines; Edward Joseph Szulwach, Chester, Navy; Daniel Clarino, Cornwall, Marines; Richard Grabowski, Goshen, Army; Joseph Donovan, Goshen, Army; Carl Crist, Hamptonburgh, Navy; John Joseph Flynn, Highlands, Army; Joseph Gregory Lowrey, Highland Falls, Army; George Reilly, New Windsor, Marines; James Mullany, South Blooming Grove, Army; Alan Dagistino, Stony Point, Army; David Pritchard, Washingtonville, Air Force; Alfred Pierce, Wawayanda, Army; William Doyle, Woodbury, Army; and Kenneth Smith, Woodbury, Army.

The wall also honored Catholic War Veterans Post 386.

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