Assemblyman Schmitt Announces Construction of 99th Assembly District Veterans Wall of Honor

Washingtonville, NY -- (11/11/2019) Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has partnered with Carpenters Local 279, Laborers Local 17 and American Legion Post 1796 to construct a Veterans Wall of Honor which will be displayed across the 99th Assembly District.

The Veterans Wall of Honor will be a traveling wall featuring all 17 inductees of the 99th Assembly District Veterans' Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will occur on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Orange County Emergency Services Auditorium in Goshen.

Assemblyman Schmitt sought a way to highlight our local heroes all year long in a public fashion. Working with Matt Ross of Carpenters Local 279 they developed plans for the traveling Veterans Wall of Honor. The wall will be displayed at various public locations throughout the year such as libraries, schools, government buildings etc. Those interested in displaying the wall should contact Jake Cataldo in Assemblyman Schmitt’s office at 845-469-6929 or cataldoj@nyassembly.gov.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “We have heroes that live amongst us. Veterans who have earned recognition and honor for their service and sacrifice in the armed forces on behalf of our community, state and nation. It is critically important to honor our heroes and inform all in our community about these heroes and their stories of service. That is why I launched the Veterans’ Hall of Fame to highlight and bring recognition to deserving local Veterans. Yet I wanted to make sure this honor wasn’t just one night but lasted the entire year and had the potential to touch the lives of as many local residents as possible, that is why we have constructed the 99th Assembly District Veterans Wall of Honor.”

Schmitt continued, “I want to thank Matt Ross of Carpenters Local 279 for spearheading this project for our veterans. Without his support and personal efforts this wall of honor would not be a reality today. Matt rallied labor union and community support to build this wall for our local heroes. Thanks to Matt, Carpenters Local 279, NERCC - New England Regional Council Carpenters, NECLMP New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, Laborers Local 17, members of Helmets to HardHats and Sisters in the Brotherhood apprenticeship programs and Newburgh Enlarged City School District for donating all time and materials needed to construct this wall of honor.”

Matthew Ross, Carpenters Local 279 Council Representative stated, “It is a great honor to work with Assemblyman Schmitt to construct the traveling wall of honor to recognize our local veterans. The Carpenters are proud to support our military heroes and provide this opportunity for our community to come together and say thank you. I want to thank all members of the union along with Laborers Local 17, NERCC - New England Regional Council Carpenters, NECLMP New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, Helmets to HardHats and Sisters in the Brotherhood apprenticeship program members, and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District who spent countless hours building this monument wall and donated all needed materials. I hope all area residents will attend the Veterans’ Hall of Fame on November 18th to see the formal induction ceremony and say thank you to our heroes.”

Todd D’orio, Laborers Local 17 Business Manager stated, “Local 17 is proud to partner with the Carpenters, Assemblyman Schmitt and members of the community to build the Veterans Wall of Honor. We are proud to have many members of our local who are veterans and we strive to give back to those who have given so much for our country. Helping construct this wall is just one way we can say thank you."

Tracey Lanthier, Commander American Legion Post 1796 stated, “I would like to thank Carpenters Local 279, Laborers Local 17 and all who helped build this wall of honor. American Legion Post 1796 is honored to receive this wall and work with Assemblyman Schmitt and the local unions to display it throughout the year across our region. Assemblyman Schmitt is a true supporter of all veterans and as someone still serving himself knows how critical it is to always remember all who have sworn an oath to defend our country. Thank you to all who put countless hours in to make this moving local tribute a reality.”