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The Telegram
  • Updated Veterans Wall of Honor unveiled at HCCC

  • More than 2,000 people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed 2,439 and launched the U.S. into World War II.

    In Herkimer County, veterans, their families and their friends paused to not only remember the service members and civilians killed in the infamous attack, but to give recognition to all veterans.

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  • More than 2,000 people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed 2,439 and launched the U.S. into World War II.
    In Herkimer County, veterans, their families and their friends paused to not only remember the service members and civilians killed in the infamous attack, but to give recognition to all veterans.
    The updated Herkimer County Veterans Wall of Honor was unveiled Friday afternoon at Herkimer County Community College. The wall recognizes Herkimer County men and women, in all branches of the military, who have served in wars and major armed conflicts from World War I to the present.
    HCCC President Ann Marie Murray said the wall is a unique way to display gratitude to those who have passed through college’s doors and have served their county in the armed forces.
    “It’s a terrific way to honor veterans and it acts as a reminder the college is here for those that have served,” she said, adding the wall was recently updated to include campaign ribbons for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This wall honors and recognizes the HCCC students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni, as well as the Herkimer County residents, who have fought for our freedom.”
    “If anyone was willing to put a uniform on and serve their country, then they deserve to be honored,” said state Senator James Seward. “If it wasn’t for our veterans we wouldn’t be here.”
    Seward, R - Milford, added the nation’s veterans were responsible for great acts and amazing achievements. “These are all people who made many sacrifices and who lost their lives for the simple fact that we could be here today to rededicate this wall,” he said. “We owe a lot to our veterans.”
    “It’s important to our community and it’s important to this college. It’s important because the young people of this and future generations need to understand and appreciate the tremendous sacrifices of these veterans and those who continue to serve around the world on our behalf,” said Assemblyman Marc Butler. “Congratulations to Herkimer County Community College for not just being involved in honoring our veterans, but for being a leader in honoring our veterans.”
    Butler, R - Newport, added in addition to the Veterans Wall of Honor, the college played an integral part in the development of the Veterans Memorial Park on its campus and in the collection of oral histories from Herkimer County veterans, particularly those who served in World War II.
    “It was a remarkable undertaking, as many of these veterans, most in their 70s or early 80s, seemed to feel it may be the last opportunity they had to tell their compelling stories. Many said afterward that they said things during the interviews they never shared with their families,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Murray said the lettering for the updated wall was provided by Al Dorantes, of Herkimer, and the campaign ribbons were painted by HCCC Class of 2012 graduate Rachel Curtis, of Mohawk.
    The Veterans Wall of Honor can be found near the entrance to the tunnel between the Robert McLaughlin College Center and the Classroom Administration Building.

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