November 12, 2017




Greater Middletown area honors veterans

Veterans salute as the colors are presented at the Middletown ceremony

MIDDLETOWN – The Elks Club in Middletown was filled Saturday morning with veterans of all ages, residents of the Middletown-Wallkill area and Boys and Girl Scouts, all to pay tribute to those who served and continue to serve the country as the nation celebrated Veterans Day.

James Scali, commander of the Middletown American Legion Post 1181, said that while service members swore their allegiance to protect the country while in the military, “to my recollection, no one has ever relieved us of that duty; therefore, we continue to serve our country through organizations like the VFW, the DAV, Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion.”

Rosie Otero-Walsh, a retired Army staff sergeant, representing women in the armed forces, said “in tolerance there is progress, a progress toward a better and happier world.”

Navy veteran Barry Schnipper noted Veterans Day is also set aside to remember those who are serving today. “The war on terrorism has helped us realize how truly the American way of life is. The freedom we enjoy is extremely special and that is why we must defend it,” he said. “The defense of freedom is not just for those in the military. Each of us shares our duty and that responsibility. We can protect our freedom by simply defending it, but also voting in elections or speaking out against injustices, volunteering in our communities or teaching our children what it means to be an American.”

Air Force Staff Sgt. John Pagan continued the theme, saying, “without a doubt, we are the greatest nation in the world.”

“It takes courage for a soldier to risk his life and limb for their country. The least we can do is honor them,” Middletown City Treasurer Donald Paris told the gathering.

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