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Veterans Honored At Sixth Annual Breakfast

Vito Pinto, former director, Westchester County Office of Veterans Affairs, keynote speaker Reverend (Major) Anthony S. Montague, US Army, Retired and Rev. Ervin R. Graves at the sixth annual Veterans Breakfast Photo Credit: Contributed
More than 400 veterans attended the sixth annual breakfast Photo Credit: Contributed
Veterans Pledging Allegiance at Friday breakfast. Photo Credit: Contributed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Westchester County's hospice organizations hosted their sixth annual Veterans Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 6.

The countywide inter-hospice breakfast was held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown in honor of county veterans from all five military branches.

Hospice representative Cornelia Schimert, R.N., B.S.N. opened the breakfast with a welcome. Hospice Chaplain Peter Gibbons then shared an invocation. Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino thanked the veterans in attendance for their service.

The program also featured speakers Ronald C. Tocci, director of the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency; Wanda Orton, director of Phelps Hospice and Beverly Duncklee, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer at VA Hudson Valley Health System. Reverend (Major) Anthony S. Montague, US Army, Retired, delivered the keynote.

The Sleepy Hollow High School Chorus performed a set of patriotic numbers, including the fight song for each military branch.

Rev. Montague also delivered the Remembrance service with Rev. Ervin R. Graves, M.Div., Hospice Chaplain and Retired Staff Sergeant Kenneth Barnes, who performed "Taps."

More than 400 veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard attended the breakfast.

The breakfast was co-sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester; Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam; Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care; and Phelps Hospice.

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