Montrose, N.Y. – (2/9/2012) – On Thursday, February 9th, Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) traveling Veterans’ Wall of Fame stopped at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose so that residents could learn the stories behind the twenty-seven veterans whose names and faces grace the wall. Five of the Veterans that are featured on the wall were in attendance including Eugene Parotta (Croton), Duke Searles (Peekskill), Robert Ulrich (Putnam Valley), Stephen Moravick (Somers), and Gil Tarbox (Kent)
Created and hosted by Senator Ball, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame is designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. The wall will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district. The NYS Veterans’ Home at Montrose provides care services for veterans and their dependents. The wall will be featured here for the remainder of the week.
“The Veterans whose faces grace this wall were nominated by their communities, hand-picked, because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery,” said Senator Ball. “It is a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”
Stephen Moravick who was nominated as Somers Veteran was present at Montrose VA home to cut the ribbon with Senator Ball.
“It was my sincere honor to serve this great country of ours, from 1943 to 1945, and to help in the liberation of Europe,” said Stephen Moravick. “It is my heartfelt wish that current and future generations never take for granted, their freedom, a freedom which has been purchased for them, by the blood of the brave men and women, of the United States armed forces. God Bless the United States military and God Bless America.”
Eugene Parrotta was nominated as the Croton Veteran to be represented on the Wall of Fame. Mr. Parrotta is also the chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council.
“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,” Said Eugene Parrotta. “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.”
Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C, I – Goldens Bridge) who is a Vietnam Veteran and Ranking Member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee said, “I commend Senator Ball, a fellow veteran, for recognizing the importance of honoring New York State’s Veterans. Our veterans represent a unique and priceless segment of our society, without whose sacrifice, we would not enjoy the freedoms this great nation enjoys today.”
Councilman Patel’s son, Amit Patel, was promoted to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army just last year, and his daughter, Amy Patel Daschle, is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave,” said Councilman Patel. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes.”
County Legislator John Testa said in a statement, “Senator Ball’s Veteran’s Wall of Fame is an important vehicle to highlight the sacrifices made by our area veterans for our country and our freedom. There can never be enough opportunity to honor these heroes and recognize their service. Senator Ball should be commended for creating the Wall of Fame and showing it throughout the region.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.