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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.

A World War II veteran who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, retired Private First Class Stanley Zatwarnicki is the Town of Milan’s inductee for the Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Formerly a dog trainer and a volunteer at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Ret. PFC  Zatwarnicki was born on October 22, 1920 and served on active duty from 1942-1945. A proud member of the United States Army, he was transferred from the Army Band to the Tank Corp under General George S. Patton.

In addition to serving his country, Ret. PFC Zatwarnicki has also served his community, volunteering his time at the Thompson House Rehabilitation Center, where he played harmonica for the residents. Currently, he volunteers at the Northern Dutchess Hospital at the gift shop.

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.”