ALBANY, N.Y. – Nearly two dozen new members were added to the New York Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Tuesday.
Over 20 New York veterans were recognized for protecting the United State both at home and abroad at the Legislative Office Building.
“I can’t really describe it,” inductee and World War II veteran Bill Moye said. “It’s something that never has happened to me in my life, and I thought about it and when I received it, I was overwhelmed.”
“To get this honor now, for everyone I served with, for everything I have done, it’s an honor and a privilege just to be here,” inductee and Gulf War veteran Joseph Landi said.
The honored veterans not only distinguished themselves while serving their country in the military, but also in their communities as civilians.
“I loved it,” inductee and WWII veteran Robert Trapinian said. “It was one of the most important thing I have ever gone to.”
Senators said the veterans have given their lives to a cause greater than themselves.
“I thank veterans for my way of life,” Senator Neil Breslin said. “We are who we are because of the people that laid down their life and served their country to make us the freest country in the world. They’re quiet about their service. They knew they did something important, but leave it up to others to talk about.”
The ceremony concluded with a luncheon where veterans could laugh and enjoy each other’s stories.