***Thursday, September 6th at 7:30 PM***

Brewster, N.Y. – (9/5/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson), will be at the Somers Town Hall on Thursday night to officially accept the Somers Town Board nomination of Jack Lederman and Richard Bertram into Senator Greg Ball’s 2nd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that will be honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

Jack Lederman enlisted himself into the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He was sent into action in the Philippines. Lederman was awarded the Purple Heart for a head injury he sustained in a firefight with the Japanese.

Richard Bertram severed for three years as a Gunner’s Mate in the US Navy. During his three years of service his ship was bombed a total of seven times and he was involved in a total of four invasions including one on Eastern Sunday

After his time in the Navy, Bertram went on to be a Commander of American Legion Post 8213 where he spent a lot of time teaching students of his service. He also became a member of the volunteer fire department for 50 years.

“I am surprised that they nominated me. This is a great honor and it feels very nice,” said Richard Bertram about his nomination.“On the wall in the Somers Town Hall there are six names of men killed in WWII and Vietnam. I am insignificant compared to those men that lost their life’s.”

“I am honored to accept Somers nomination of Jack and Richard! These two men have been hand-picked because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty,” said Senator Greg Ball. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”

The 2nd Annual Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held at Peekskill Middle School on Thursday, November 1 at 6pm, with a light reception to follow.


What:  Nomination of Richard Bertram and Jack Lederman


Who:   Senator Greg Ball


When: Thursday, September 6th at 7:30 PM


Where: Town of Somers | 335 Route 202, Somers, New York 10589


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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