Hudson Valley Honor Flight Veterans
Recognize “The Polka King”
New Windsor – Hudson Valley Honor Flight Ninth Annual Luncheon was held at Pier 9 on Sunday, November 24 with more than 800 veterans, donors, families, volunteers and friends gathered in a veteran annual alumni reunion. Presentation of the colors was made by the Jr Army ROTC of Washingtonville HS. The National Anthem was sung by MSgt MaryKay Messenger, USMA Band Soloist from West Point, NY and the Keynote speaker was Cmdr. Jason Grower, USN, Retired.
During the festivities, Catholic War Veterans Joseph R. Farina Memorial Post #386 presented a plaque to Jimmy Sturr, “The Polka King”, in recognition of the loyalty he has shown to his country and his continuous efforts in behalf of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight as well as all veterans who have served and are currently serving.
Cmdr. Grower (right), a native of Saugerties, who graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1998, was designated a Naval Aviator (Pilot) in 2000, and retired as Executive Officer of the Marine Air Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Seated to his left is a WWII Iwo Jima veteran and survivor.
Presenting the plaque was James R. Formato (seated in electric scooter), National Chairman of the CWV National Public Affairs Committee and Post #386 Public Affairs/Historian officer. Jimmy’s response to receiving this award was “I want the citizenry of the USA to never forget the veterans because it was and is their sacrifices that allow us to be who and where we are today.” Formato referenced actor Gary Sinise a popular spokesman for veterans and pointed out that Jimmy Sturr does many of the same kinds of positive veteran public relations, and that hopefully this is the beginning of even more notoriety for Jimmy Sturr and his good works.
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Article by James R Formato.
Photo 1 by James R. Formato
Photo 2 by Christine Little