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Carmel, N.Y. (11/14/11) Twenty-seven veterans throughout the Hudson Valley were honored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) at the Veterans’ Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday.

The Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and 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.

From the Town of Putnam Valley retired Technical Sergeant Robert J. Ulrich, Sr., is the Veterans’ Hall of Fame inductee. Born on June 15, 1947 in the Bronx, Ulrich gave the United States more than twenty-five years of military service which included service in the United States Air Force where he received the Air Force Outstanding Achievement Award. He also served in the Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard, where he was a Squad Leader and a Tank Commander. Ulrich also received service medals for the Southeast Asia Campaign and the Vietnam Campaign.

In addition to his thirty-one years of service at Con Ed, Ret. T SGT Ulrich has been Commander of his VFW Post for sixteen years, including two years of service as the Putnam County Commander. He is a member of the VFW Color Guard, volunteers at gravesite ceremonies for VFW members, and frequently visits VA nursing homes.

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.”