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January 13, 2017

New Applicants for Honor a Deceased Veteran Ceremony Sought

 Residents are invited to nominate veterans who have passed away to be considered for recognition at the county’s monthly Honor a Deceased Veteran ceremony, Chair of the Legislature Stan Brownell announced.

The ceremony recognizes the life, service and contributions of veterans from the county and includes participation from federal, state and county officials and representatives. A biography of the deceased veteran is read and presentations of appreciate are made to the families. A flag is also flown at the County Office Building in Troy in honor of the veteran.

Families who participate have described the ceremonies as moving and a welcome tribute. The ceremonies started in the county approximately 25 years ago.

The ceremonies are usually held on the second Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the legislative chambers, located on the third floor of the County Office Building, 1600 7th Avenue, downtown Troy.

“This is one of the most important ceremonies and services performed by Rensselaer County. Our county has vowed to never forget the service and sacrifice of our veterans and we want to continue to pay appropriate honor to the veterans and their families,” said Brownell.

“Rensselaer County residents have been on the frontlines of freedom throughout our nation’s history. We invite families to submit names of veterans who have deceased so they can receive the tribute they deserve,” said Legislator Thomas Walsh Sr., chair of the Legislature’s Veterans Committee.

To learn more about the ceremony, please call the county Veteran Service Agency at 270-2760.