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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 Retired 1st Lieutenant Flavio “Flat” Benini of Mount Kisco’s, who was inducted posthumously.  He passed away on July 11, 2011. Accepting the award on his behalf was his wife, Mary Benini, and his daughter, Victoria Mantie.

A former officer in the Westchester County Parkway Police Department and a Lieutenant in the Mount Kisco Police Department, Benini was born on April 7th 1916 in New York, New York.

For five years, Benini served in the 127th Engineer Battalion, 11th Airborne Division, of the United States Army, serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. For his service, Benini earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with a Bronze Arrowhead, the Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

Benini was also a volunteer member of the Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, Mount Kisco Senior Citizens, the Italian-American Club, and the St. Francis of Assisi Church.

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.”