Albany County Executive Michael Breslin gives a pin to Fred Hill, a veteran of the U.S. Army, during a ceremony at the Kenwood Manor senior facility on Thursday, Nov. 10.
“They are the last great generation,” said Edie Sennett, the coordinator for the Albany County Ombudsman program. “This is what our country is built on. They gave selfless sacrifices so that you and I could live a wonderful life. We live in a very rich, full country, because of the sacrifices they made.”
Breslin, a West Point graduate and veteran himself, thanked those in attendance for their service, and recognized those who supported a loved one who was in the military.
“You came together as an entire community, and as a nation, to fight that war (World War II) to make sure that we would survive,” said Breslin. “There are so many young men and women that are going off today without that kind of support. There are so many people today that have no idea of the sacrifices that are being made. You understand sacrifice, and you know what it means.”
More people are getting what that service means, according to Steve Riedel, who said there’s been a growing interest in their efforts at the legion post, as membership has continued to grow.
“We’re getting the word out there, whether it’s showing up at parades or with our post coming back, we’re able to get more involved and give back to the community,” said Riedel.
Riedel said they’ve been able to donate $3,000 to the Veterans Administration, and $1,000 to the Patriot Flight organization, which helps fly World War II veterans to memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veteran.