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Preston, Local Leaders Unveil New Memorial for Korean War Veterans

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Broome County Legislative Majority Leader Dan Reynolds,  local veterans and more to unveil a brand new plaque honoring the veterans who bravely served their Country during the Korean War.

“The addition of this plaque to the All Wars Memorial has been a long time coming,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “This is for the men and women who put their lives on hold to fight for our Country.  They deserve this recognition and we are proud to be able to put up a permanent thank you for their service.”

“Honoring our Korean War Veterans with this memorial is just one of the many ways the County thanks those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” said Legislature Majority Leader and Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Board Member Dan Reynolds.

The new plaque will be placed right next to the current glass case display of uniforms on the second floor of the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

In addition to the new plaque, the medals of local Veterans Floyd Maines, Joseph Mann, Lynn Matthews, Joseph Kapral, Thomas Corgel, Timothy Grippen, Samuel Posten, Andrew Bourne, Darlene Croston and Joseph Merrill were added to the display.

“When this memorial was designed, the intention was to have it constantly evolving to recognize all of our Veterans both past and present,” says Broome County Veterans Director Brian Vojtisek.  “Having it at the Arena is the perfect spot because it will be seen by the hundreds of thousands of people who come to events there every year.”

As part of the ceremony, County Executive Preston took a moment to honor local veteran Joe Laughney, who passed away last week.

Laughney was not only a veteran and a member of the Arena board, but was instrumental in getting the All Wars memorial started and was working on today’s ceremony when he passed away.

“Joe was one of a kind,” says Preston.  “He worked tirelessly and without fanfare to make sure the efforts of our Broome County Veterans from all wars and conflicts would be recognized.  We thank him for his years of dedicated service, not only to his Country, but also his fellow Veterans. He will truly be missed.”

“Although sadly he can’t be here to see it, I especially would like to recognize the contributions of Korean War Veteran and Arena Board member Joe Laughney for all of his hard work; without him this memorial would not be possible,” Reynolds says.

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10/16/2015 - 12:21pm