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County Executive Honors Living Veterans & Recognizes Military Awareness Day

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 12:57 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today recognized three exemplary veterans who became staples in their respect communities after their return home at his Honor a Living Veteran ceremony in partnership with the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and Crossgates Mall.

Twice a year, County Executive McCoy highlights local veterans who have gone above and beyond for others, and this ceremony featured Adrienne Daniels, Joseph DiMura and Ben Oliveri and coincided with the First Annual Capital Region Military Awareness Day.

“This is an important day where this ceremony that I have hosted since 2013 falls on the same day as our first ever Military Awareness Day, a day where we can educate our youth and the general public about the sacrifices our brave service men and women make each day,” said County Executive McCoy. “There are nearly 20,000 veterans that call Albany County home and each of them deserve to know that they have our respect as well as our thanks for everything they do.”

Senior Chief Petty Officer Adrienne Daniels served in the United States Navy Reserves from May of 1994 through November of 2004, answering the call whenever necessary, including during the attacks on September 11. For her selfless service, she earned the Navy Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the National Defense Medal, among others. Adrienne continues to give back to veterans to this day, serving as a board member of the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans while lending her support the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and other causes like the Hospitalized Veterans Week.

Staff Sergeant Joseph DiMura is an Albany native who enlisted in the United States Army in 1950 and was assigned to the 40th Infantry Division. In 1952 he landed on the shores of Incheon, Korea and fought on the front lines through the bitter cold while leading a squad of five men with honor and distinction. Having been honorably discharged in 1956, Joseph upon his return home went to work at a bricklayer mason in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union for four decades and helped build many structures in Albany including the Empire State Plaza, St. Peters Hospital, the Times Union Center and Crossgates Mall.

Lieutenant Colonel Ben Oliveri enlisted in the United States Army in July of 1954 and served admirably as an infantryman in post-war Germany during the Korean War. After a brief hiatus to attend college, he returned to the Army Reserves and earned numerous commendations including the Oak Leaf Cluster Meritorious Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his return home, Ben became a social worker at a number of hospitals throughout the State, including here in Albany, and later served as an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Management Officer for Medical Brigade.

This was the 11th such event County Executive McCoy has hosted since 2013, having now honored some 35 living veterans throughout Albany County in the process.

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