Whether it’s an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to view our beautiful monuments dedicated to our veterans and military personnel who have built this great nation, or a classroom of children standing and saluting the Stars and Stripes with veterans as visiting speakers, pride and patriotism can envelop you.

During the Orange County Veterans Coalition POW/MIA Remembrance Day in the Town of Goshen recently members from several dozen veterans groups and their guests were present.

Jim Scali, a member of the Town of Wallkill American Legion Post 1181, was surprised to be announced the Coalition’s “Veteran of the Year.” In large part the award was given for his energy and dedication to a Patriotism Coalition he created within his Post. With a reliable group of veterans they have visited several school districts in the past year, giving programs to classrooms and full student body assemblies. At the end of each program they give each student a wrist band. To date, more than 30,000 have been issued.

This and that

- Members of the Catholic War Veterans Post 386 were among the greeters for the veterans who traveled on the recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to view the monuments dedicated to our veterans and branches of the military. The trips were created originally for World War II vets to visit the World War II monument. The trips have been so successful that veterans from other wars and conflicts have been invited. It’s a generous business and organizational community that makes each trip possible. On this most recent trip, the Catholic War Veterans Post 386, led by Robert Schiela, donated a $500 check to help with the next trip. From the departure and arrival back to Stewart International Airport it was a wonderful experience. There were crowds everywhere, thanking every veteran for his or her service. Our citizens are alive with patriotism for our troops, our country and our flag.

- A new exhibit, “Championing a Nation,” is on view at the West Point Museum and can be viewed through January 2018. The exhibit explores American propaganda from the Committee on Public Information during World War I. For information reach Marlana L. Cook, curator of art, at 938-7340 or mariana.cook@usma.edu.

- More than $40,000 was raised through the recent golf and tennis classic hosted by St. Anthony Community Hospital.

- The employees at Crystal Run Healthcare had a “dress down day” to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They raised $2,400, which was donated to the hospital through Thunder 102’s radiothon.

- Representatives from Finkelstein & Partners, a personal injury law firm, delivered 22 boxes of new and gently used clothing, as well as new bedding, blankets and food for the residents of Liberty Station at 38 N. Clinton St. in Poughkeepsie, a permanent, low-cost housing facility for 26 veterans. The items donated were all gathered by the lawyers and staff at the firm. Also given was a generous check.

- Rose Miner, who used to own the Rose Garden, a charming restaurant in Middletown, is a resident of Lexington, Ky. Her daughter, Debra Miner Booker, is hoping to hear from friends and former customers (“and anyone who shared the past”) to put together a scrapbook of wonderful memories while in Orange County. She can be reached at debrabooker@yahoo.com or at 230 E. Bell Ct., Lexington, Ky 40508. Her cell-phone number is 859-494-1076.

 

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. Reach her at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.