Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of constructing the facilities at the Steuben County Veterans Memorial

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  • 07 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 25th Anniversary of construct-
ing the facilities at the Steuben County Veterans Memorial

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this country's
freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace in peace
time, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commend those
who have served in times of active conflict, as well as those who have
served in times of peace; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the 25th
Anniversary of constructing the facilities at the Steuben County Veter-
ans Memorial, to be celebrated on June 15, 2013, in Bath, New York; and
WHEREAS, In addition, this fine event will also dedicate the POW/MIA
display and honor Warren A. Thompson who spearheaded the demolition of
the former building and financing of the new building; and
WHEREAS, The Steuben County Veterans Memorial was originally
constructed as a tuberculosis hospital in 1917; the building served the
residents of Steuben County until 1938, and New York State had built a
new facility at Mount Morris and moved all of the tuberculosis patients
there; and
WHEREAS, The building sat idle until 1946 when an agreement was made
between the Steuben County Legislators and VFW Post 1470 to lease the
building with the stipulation that the Post maintain a meeting room for
the county veterans memorial association; and
WHEREAS, On September 16, 1946, Admiral Chester Nimitz, with decorated
generals and officers from every branch of the service came to Bath, New
York, for the dedication of the Steuben County War Memorial; the event
was attended by over 3,000 people and was noted at the time as Bath's
greatest day; and
WHEREAS, For the next generation, the war memorial served as a center
for veterans activities and housed many banquets, weddings, and dances;
by the 1980s, the memorial building was deteriorating as high heating
and maintenance costs were more than Post 1470 could afford; and
WHEREAS, Committees were formed and Warren Thompson approached the
Steuben County Legislature to begin the demolition; he then approached
Herb Forte, the President of Bath National Bank for a construction loan
for the new building; this arrangement had to be agreed upon by VFW Post
1470 and the Memorial Association; and
WHEREAS, After the demolition, construction began for the Steuben
County Veterans Memorial and the loan was paid off in five years; this
took the combined efforts of the Veterans Memorial Association, VFW Post
1470 and the Ladies Auxiliary; and
WHEREAS, Since then, there has been an addition to the building and an
enclosed pavilion constructed resulting in the outstanding facility that
is enjoyed today; and
WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country, and merit
forevermore the highest respect of their State and Nation; and
WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and
thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and for
their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 25th Anniversary of constructing the facilities at the
Steuben County Veterans Memorial; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Warren Thompson and VFW Post 1470.


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