J2179

Commending Ellen E. McKnight posthumously upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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J2179



Senate Resolution No. 2179

BY: Senator JORDAN

COMMENDING Ellen E. McKnight posthumously upon the
occasion of her designation as recipient of a
Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York,
who have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Ellen E.
McKnight posthumously upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the
New York State Senate, to be presented at the Rensselaer County Honor a
Deceased Veteran Ceremony on December 9, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, Born on June 6, 1919, in Castleton-on-Hudson, Ellen was the
daughter of Herman F. Gietz and Katherine Landmann Gietz; she was a
graduate of Castleton High School, Class of 1937, and St. Luke's
Hospital School of Nursing in New York City; and

WHEREAS, Ellen E. McKnight enlisted in the United States Army Nurses
Corps on October 1, 1941, and proudly served her country during World
War II, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant; and

WHEREAS, For her meritorious service, Ellen E. McKnight was the
recipient of the Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the
National Defense Ribbon and the Women's Army Corps Service Ribbon; and

WHEREAS, Ellen E. McKnight spent her illustrious career as an RN,
retiring as the school nurse at Maple Hill High School after many years
of dedicated service; and

WHEREAS, Devoted to her fellow veterans, Ellen E. McKnight was the
first female member of the Castleton VFW Post No. 7337; she was also a
communicant of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of Castleton Study
Club and Castleton Seniors; and

WHEREAS, Ellen E. McKnight died on October 27, 2017, at the age of
98; she is buried at Arlington National Cemetery; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by her first husband, Lieutenant Nevin W.
Shaak; her second husband, Lieutenant Colonel James D. McKnight; a
brother, Harold (Rosalie); and a sister, Winifred, Ellen E. McKnight is
survived by her five sons, David (Darlene), Douglas (Sandra), Colin
(David), Stuart (Dianne) and Donald (Patricia); her beloved
grandchildren, Erin (Christopher), Adam, Emily (Stephen), Scott,
Matthew, Nicholas, Ryan, Trevor, John (Lindsey) and Kristen (Kirk); her

cherished great-grandchildren, Landon, Ella and Finley; and two nieces,
Kathy and Jan; and

WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and

WHEREAS, Having exhibited her patriotism both at home and abroad,
Ellen E. McKnight demonstrated her love for her country and merits
forevermore, the highest respect of her State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Ellen E. McKnight posthumously upon the occasion of her
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Ellen E. McKnight.

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  • 18 / Sep / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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