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Carmel, N.Y. (11/14/11) Twenty-seven veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Among them, was Lance Corporal John Curtin of Dover, who was unable to attend the ceremony because he is currently undergoing physical therapy at the Warrior Transition Battalion in Bethesda, Maryland, Accepting the award on his behalf, was his mother, MaryAnne Curtin

Lance Corporal John Curtin is the recipient of the Purple Heart from President Barack Obama. Curtin was raised in Wingdale in the Town of Dover, and graduated from Dover High School before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in October 2009.

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Echo Company, 3rd Platoon, Lance Corporal Curtin was on patrol in Sangrin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan just two months after he was deployed when an improvised explosive device exploded in front of him. Curtin sustained the loss of both legs above his knees, his left hand was shattered, his right eardrum was blown out, and his right forearm was maimed.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

During his opening remarks Senator Ball said, “The veterans who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”