Albany- State Senator Mike Nozzolio honored U.S. Navy veteran John Barwinczok of Auburn for his distinguished military career and dedicated volunteer work to support our local veterans. John was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, highlighting the service of a veteran from each Senate District, during a special ceremony at the State Capitol.
New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio announced that the Senate has adopted legislation he fought to enact that establishes stronger restrictions on demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services.
In a few short weeks, a lasting, permanent memorial honoring our Nation’s veterans will be established on the site the former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base where over a million sailors and airmen trained in preparation for battle to defend America.
On Saturday, July 30th, the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery was officially dedicated. Before the dedication ceremony began, Senator Nozzolio spoke with Rear Admiral Richard West, who was Keynote Speaker, and Commander Tom Watt, who served as Master of Ceremonies.The cemetery had been scheduled to open May 21.
Music Director Andy Stobie, a popular local musician with a unique personal connection to the former Sampson Naval Base, will lead the two dozen members of the Seneca Falls Community Band as they perform at the dedication of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery on July 30th.
Commander Tom Watt, USN (Ret.) will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the official dedication ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery on July 30th. In addition to his 20 years of service to our Nation including a year of duty in the Arabian Gulf, Mr. Watt is the Supervisor of Sampson State Park.
A genuine naval hero with deep roots to the Sampson Naval Base and the Finger Lakes Region will be the featured speaker at the dedication ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Rear Admiral Richard West, USN (Ret.), is a distinguished and accomplished naval veteran, whose career has encompassed a wide range of operational experience, high-level assignments, and leadership positions.
Watch Senator Nozzolio's remarks reflecting on the momentous dedication ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery and the hallowed ground where our courageous servicemen and women will be forever memorialized.
After over a decade of hard work and years of planning, the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery was officially dedicated on Saturday, July 30th. More than 1,200 people, including hundreds of veterans, attended the ceremony.