Mil­i­tary veter­ans hon­ored dur­ing event at FDR site

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

The 11th an­nual Dutchess County Veter­ans Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day and Medal Cer­e­mony was held over the week­end at the Franklin D. Roo­sevelt Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary.

Veter­ans from the World War II era to the present were able to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous govern­ment agen­cies to learn about pro­grams de­signed to serve them, and the medal cer­e­mony hon­ored Navy Ma­chin­ist Mate 3rd Class Bill Gan­non and Army Sgt. Markos Char­alambo Per­i­takos.

U.S. Rep. Chris Gib­son, a re­tired Army colonel, was on hand to ac­cept recog­ni­tion from Dutchess County for his ded­i­cated ser­vice both in the mil­i­tary and as a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“We are so grate­ful, so for­tu­nate as Amer­i­cans to have the pos­si­bil­ity of an in­cred­i­ble life that ... has pro­vided for the most pros­per­ity and the most free­dom for the most amount of peo­ple in the his­tory of the world, and to stand up and de­fend that has been a great priv­i­lege,” said Gib­son, who is step­ping down at year’s end.

Gan­non, of Salt Point, was hon­ored for his four years of ser­vice in the Navy. He re­ceived the Navy Good Con­duct Medal, the Na­tional De­fense Ser­vice Medal, the Dis­charge But­ton and a Cold War Cer­tifi­cate.

Per­i­takos, a Per­sian Gulf War vet­eran from Wap­pingers Falls who served from 1987 to 1995, re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing the Na­tional De­fense Ser­vice Medal, the Army Ser­vice Rib­bon and the Kuwait Lib­er­a­tion Medal.


Dutchess County Ex­ec­u­tive Marc Moli­naro presents medals to Bill Gan­non, left, and Markos Char­alambo Per­i­takos.

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