COHOES, N.Y. - It was a special service at the Colonel Robert R. Craner Memorial Park on Sunday, as Cohoes recognized seven Veterans of the city.
"In the last six, seven years we've recognized over 100 individuals who have served our Country admirably and it's Cohoes' own small way of showing our appreciation," said Cohoes Mayor John McDonald.
Appreciation was bestowed upon many service members like John Yule, a Vietnam Veteran who was overjoyed to accept the Colonel Robert R. Craner Award. It was the homecoming he says he never had.
"To a Vietnam Veteran it's pretty nice. It's been about 40 years since I served in the military, and I was just saying to my family that this is the first time that I've ever been welcomed home," said Veteran John Yule.
Yule's felllow Veteran, David Benamati, was proud to see Yule honored Sunday. Benamati, too, took pride in his Colonel Craner medal.
"I think finally our citizens are realizing that you have to fight for the rights and freedoms that we have in this country, and to do that and serve this country is an honorable thing, so you have to welcome back your service members," said Benamati.
Another recipient, Lisa Taylor, served two tours in Iraq as a combat medic.
"It meant a lot because a lot of people don't know what happens overseas on foreign soil and the sacrifices you leave your family," said Taylor. "You see other people make that sacrifice. Some get wounded, some sacrifice everything."
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