Watch Rear Admiral Richard West, USN (Ret.), a genuine naval hero with deep roots to the Sampson Naval Base and the Finger Lakes Region, deliver the Keynote Address at the Dedication Ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Admiral West is a distinguished and accomplished naval veteran, whose 38-year career has encompassed a wide range of operational experience, high-level assignments, and leadership positions.
Captain George Capacci, a highly-accomplished veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a native of Seneca County, will join other military, business and community leaders to support the ongoing operations of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery as a member of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Committee.
Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, the most defining conflict in our Nation’s history, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C. The memorial represents an everlasting testament to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during the war, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home.
This week, I was deeply honored to attend the burial service for Clinton “Sonny” VanGelder of Geneva, who became the first veteran to be laid to rest at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Sonny was a dedicated American serviceman who represented his Country with distinction and honor during the Korean War. As a U.S. Air Force Veteran who trained at the Sampson Air Force Base, he was laid to rest on the very ground where he forged his commitment to our Nation 59 years ago.
In recognition of Veterans Day this Friday, November 11th, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is encouraging everyone to reach out to our brave servicemen and women and extend their thanks in whatever way they can.
Albany- Following the American Legion’s annual breakfast at the State Capitol today, Senator Nozzolio met with New York American Legion Commander Michael Bowen of Waterloo and Legion Post 463 Commander Fred Percy of Ovid. They discussed a number of important issues relating to services and outreach for our veterans, including the ongoing operation of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seneca County, which Senator Nozzolio helped to create with support from Commander Bowen and other American Legion and V.F.W. leaders.
A distinguished local U.S. Army veteran was recently nominated for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame by State Senator Mike Nozzolio. Ralph Calabrese of Canandaigua was honored during a special ceremony at the State Capitol for his courageous service during the Korean War and dedicated advocacy for our local veterans, including leading a successful campaign to save the Canandaigua VA hospital from closing.
Honoring our Nation’s greatest heroes as well as our region’s historic significance as the birthplace of Memorial Day, State Senator Mike Nozzolio will be participating in Memorial Day events throughout his Senate District between Thursday, May 24th and Monday, May 28th.
State Senator Mike Nozzolio is encouraging local servicemen and women to apply for a Federal program that gives recognition to our valued veterans and government employees who served our Nation during the Cold War.
“It has long been my belief that there is no greater debt of honor than that which every American citizen owes to individuals who selflessly served our Nation during times of need,” said Senator Nozzolio. “The courage, preparedness and dedication of thousands of servicemen and women was crucial in keeping our Country safe and secure during the Cold War, and I am pleased that this important recognition is available to those who served at this challenging time.”