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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.

Retired Sergeant Joseph J. Morrissey is the Town of Patterson’s inductee for the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Morrissey was born on November 22, 1947, in New York, New York and served our nation for four years and three days in the United States Marine Corp, and for his service he earned the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Ribbon, the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Putnam Lake Post #9257, and a member of American Veterans (AmVets), Ret. SGT Morrissey is involved in the VFW’s community projects throughout Putnam Lake and Patterson, and he helped to establish the Town of Patterson’s Vietnam Memorial and Korean Memorial.

Currently Morrissey is a retired fire department equipment instructor and salesman.

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.”