Brewster, N.Y. – (2/28/12) – On Tuesday, February 28, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) presented his traveling Veterans’ Wall of Fame at Hendrick Hudson High School with some local veterans whose own faces grace this wall of tribute.
“These 27 Veterans were hand-picked to be on this wall because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery,” Senator Ball said. “Their path is one that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty”.
Retired Sergeant Squad Leader Frank L. Campanaro from Cortlandt stood alongside Senator Ball to help him cut the yellow ribbon and unveil the wall.
“Senator Ball did a good job in doing this,” Campanaro said. “The kids need to know what’s going on— we can’t let this die out. I’m a WWII Veterans and I’m 88-years-old. Everyone is
close to 90 that was in the second World War and they’re dying, quite a few of them every day, so we have got to get all the information we can now.”
Eugene Parrotta from Croton-on-Hudson is another local Veterans on the wall, and he is also the chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. For Parrotta, the meaning behind this wall runs deep.
“Freedom and liberty are the title and deed of the soil we stand on. That price of that freedom and liberty is very expensive. The men on this wall have all paid that price,” Parrotta said. “I would like to thank Senator Ball for honoring us all with such great dignity and respect. God Bless Senator Ball, everyone here today, and The United States of America.”
Hendrick Hudson High School Principal James Mackin said his students said his students are always captivated when Veterans come into the school to speak, so he expects the students will thoroughly enjoy having the wall at the school.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to understand what Veterans have sacrificed,” Mackin said. “It’s a good way to them to connect with the history in the area.”
The wall will remain on display at Hendrick Hudson High School for one week. Future stops include:
March 8th-16th Putnam Valley High School March 16th-23rd Mahopac High School March 23rd-April 3rd Webutuck High School
For a full list of the Veterans that were honored please click here.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Serra: (845) 200- 9716.