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    Brewster, N.Y. – (3/2/13) – Over two dozen veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I - Patterson) 2nd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony. Among them, was Richard Bertram from the Town of Somers.

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

    “I am excited to induct this 2nd class of heroes into our Veterans’ Hall of Fame! These men and women have been hand-picked by their communities 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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”

    Richard Bertram is the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8213 and one of the Town of Somers’ honorees for the 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

    Richard Bertram was born in Mineola, New York in April 1924. He served in the United States Navy for three years, reaching the rank of Gunners Mate.

    During his service, Richard Bertram earned the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with four stars for combat at Leyte, Luzon, Saipan, and Okinawa.

    Richard Bertram has served as a volunteer firefighter for over 50 years, including with the Mount Vernon Fire Department and the Eastchester Fire Department, is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8213, having served as Commander from 1996 through 1998, organized the opening ceremony of the town Independence Day ceremony as Town Liaison, conducted Flag Day ceremonies at Primrose School, and sold poppies for Veterans’ Relief.


    For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.