ALBANY, N.Y. – Former Governor Hugh Carey was honored Monday by the Albany County Veterans Bureau for its Honor-A-Veteran ceremony.
Dozens of veterans along with several local lawmakers and officials gathered at the Joesph Zaloga Post 1520 in Albany to honor Carey's service during World War II, all part of a monthly event in which Albany County selects a veteran to spotlight.
Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy presented a flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol to Carey's family in honor of the deceased veteran.
In tribute to the former governor, a flag will then be raised outside the Legion post at the end of the ceremony.
Former U.S. Representative Michael McNulty said, "All the people like Hugh Carey and my father who left their homes and families and went to far off places and put their lives on the line and thankfully came back home and rendered outstanding service and left beautiful families like this to carry on their fine traditions."
Carey enlisted in the Army in WWII, and was later elected to seven terms in the U.S. House as well as the 51st Governor of New York from 1975 until 1982. He died in August of 2011.