Senator Greg Ball, Heroes in Transition and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21, have planned a free road trip for 50 local WWII veterans to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Senator Greg Ball pledged to host the trip completely free of charge for all the veterans that attend. Senator Ball asked the community to help raise the $5,000 needed before the September 17th trip.
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters has donated the remaining $2,500 needed to cover the costs of the trip.
“According to the Veteran’s Administration, our World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 600 per day. These brave men and women gave so much to fight for our nation’s safety and freedom and it is my honor to give them an opportunity to see the national monument that was created in honor of their service,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security. “When I first announced this trip, I pledged to do it at no cost for the veterans that attend. To make this possible, the community has stepped up in a big way. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone that has donated, especially the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters.”
Heroes in Transition, a not-for-profit that has been providing assistance to veterans in honor of fallen Marine Captain Eric A. Jones since 2010, is sponsoring the trip. Michael Warshaw, president of Hereoes in Transition said he was very excited to see the amount of people that donated for this trip.
“It’s heartwarming to see that so many people sent in donations for these WWII veterans. I can’t thank the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters enough for their very generous donation,” said Warshaw. “It is our honor to be able to help these American heroes finally see the WWII memorial and also find peace by being able pay their final respects to their dear friends and fellow military servicemen and women who lost their lives in WWII.”
Two chartered buses will leave from Senator Ball’s District Office in Brewster, NY and take the veterans to Washington D.C., where they will place a wreath at memorial the in honor of all WWII veterans from the 40th Senate District.
“I join Senator Ball in thanking the Council of Carpenters Local 279 for donating $2500 to help fund the travel of our World War II Veterans to our nation’s capital. The timing of this generous gift is even more special because on Labor Day, we commemorated VJ Day, the 68th anniversary of the surrender of Japan on the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, thereby ending World War II,” said Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith. “That day was arguably the largest celebration in the history of the planet, with jubilation not only in America but all around the world. We must never forget the sacrifice of all of our veterans and especially the members of ‘our greatest generation’ who put their lives on hold and when called upon marched to the sound of the guns and saved our democracy.”
“It is an honor and privilege to be able to help the men and women of the WW II that made America what it is,” said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. “These veterans deserve a lot more then what they are getting. It’s about time this country puts these veterans in the forefront and honors each and every one of them.”
“We deeply appreciate all the efforts of Senator Ball and Heroes in Transition to make this trip possible,” said Eugene Parrotta, Chair of Senator Greg Ball’s Veteran’s Advisory Council, and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. “We are excited that these WWII veterans will get a chance to see the monument that was built in their honor.”
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