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Dutchess County honors sacrifice, patriotism, and heroism on Veterans Day

Members of American Legion 1758 are placing hundreds of flags along Route 82 in Hopewell Junction to recognize all veterans. Wounded Korean War vet says repeated requests for Purple Heart ignored

News 12 Staff

Nov 12, 2020, 2:27 PM

Updated 1,315 days ago

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Communities across the Hudson Valley are honoring the sacrifice, patriotism, and heroism of the men and women who have served on this Veterans Day.
Dutchess County members of American Legion 1758 placed hundreds of flags along Route 82 in Hopewell Junction to recognize all veterans.
"It's nice to be recognized as a Vietnam vet. I came home, worked with people for 25 years and they never knew I was in the service,” says Commander Jim Reynolds, of Legion Post 1758.
It's an annual tribute the group does serving as a reminder for people as they get up and drive to work. And for members, even in a year when they can't gather for a big ceremony in person, each flag brings them closer together.
With large gatherings ruled out because of the pandemic, the group is also making two caravan trips that will reach every corner of Dutchess County. The first route included places like Pleasant Valley, Stanford, and Washingtonville. The convoy will also hit the outer part of the county including Fishkill, Red Hook, and Hyde Park.
Veterans led a similar convoy over the summer for Memorial Day and hope this one is even better. "It's important to honor the men and women that are the reason for that you know, so we want to keep it traditional as much as we can,” says Adam Roche, director of Dutchess Veterans Services.
Also, the county held a wreath laying ceremony at the Dutchess War Memorial in Poughkeepsie in one of the only in-person events the county is holding this year. Veterans, members of the community, first responders, and law enforcement joined in.
"Let me tell ya, if you don't have something like this then everything would be for nothing,” says U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph Guarino.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) assured the veterans and other attendees that many thanks and respect are given to men and women who came home to live among society. He further went on to say many of whom would never consider themselves heroes but they are.
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