Jerry Donnellan, Nyack native and a wounded Vietnam War Veteran, will present Camp Shanks, First Stop on the Road to Victory In Europe on October 16 and 17 at the Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries respectively, as part of the John Scott Armchair Walking Tour series presented by The Historical Society of The Nyacks and Friends of the Nyacks
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The Historical Society of The Nyacks and Friends of the Nyacks have announced the schedule for the 2013 fall season of the John Scott Armchair Walking Tours. Now in its eighteenth year, this popular program features slide presentations on local history, architecture and related cultural subjects. The first program, The Early Iron Industry in the Hudson Highlands will be presented by Donald “Doc” Bayne on September 18 at 7p at the Nyack Library and the following day at 2p at the Valley Cottage Library.
by Bill Batson
Even though our recent hurricane destroyed his houseboat at the Nyack Marina, Sandy is not the storm that preoccupies Jerry Donnellan. As the director of Rock Vets (County of Rockland Veterans Service Agency), Donnellan is focused on a perfect storm that is bearing down on the men and women who have worn the uniform. Returning Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers are joining a line for Department of Veteran Affairs services that includes, Vietnam, Korean and World War II vets, like my father, depicted here in Rome in 1945. According to Donnellan, this convergence represents the greatest demand on veterans’ benefits since the end of WWII. When there is a crisis, this Vietnam Vet, who sustained three injuries in the same battle and lost the lower portion of his leg, thinks about everybody but himself.
by Bill Batson
We may have a variety of opinions on the morality of war, or the wisdom of recent armed conflicts, but when it comes to the well being of our veterans there should be unanimity. Especially this Veterans Day, when we still have 70,000 American troops in harms way in Afghanistan.
The observance of Veterans Day in the United States mirrors the sentiment of armistice and remembrance days in other parts of the world. The date that we honor veterans commemorates the formal end of hostilities of World War I when Germany signed the armistice agreement on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
by Bill Batson
On a recent phone call with President Barack Obama, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo observed that we seem to have a one hundred year storm every year now. Fortunately for us, the senior levels of government are providing more than gallows humor in the aftermath of the super storm Sandy. As a resident of a county declared a disaster area, I feel well represented by the federal, state, regional and local governments that are overseeing this natural catastrophe. But are we ready for the next storm, like the one that is coming literally and figuratively tomorrow?