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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 Sergeant Allan F. Blackmar of Pine Plains.  

Ret. SGT Blackmar was born in Massachusetts on September 29, 1925. He is an Army veteran of World War II, serving four years in the European. During his service, Blackmar earned the European Campaign Medal, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a Bronze Star, an American Victory Medal, an American Campaign Medal, and medals for Good Conduct.

Retired after many years with IBM, Blackmar is very active in his community and in the American Legion. He has been involved with the Evergreen Cemetery for over forty years, and served as the cemetery’s President. He volunteers with the Poughkeepsie Veterans’ Administration office, assisting veterans throughout Dutchess County.

As a member of the American Legion for fifty years, Ret. SGT Blackmar has served as Dutchess County Commander in 1959-1960, Post 426 Commander in 1965-66, and Adjutant from 1975 to the present. In 1999, Ret. SGT Blackmar was recognized as Legionnaire of the Year for Dutchess County and the 9th District of New York State.

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.”