Breakfast honors veterans

It’s a small token of appreciation, but one that has grown intoan annual event, as on Friday, November 11, State Senator MartyGolden continued his tradition of hosting a breakfast for veteranson the day when people across the country pause to salute those whohave served in the U.S. military.

Golden’s Veterans Day Breakfast is now in its ninth year. Asimilar event is also held each year before Memorial Day as a thankyou for the men and women who have defended and fought for thiscountry, according to Golden.

While speaking at the event, Golden said, To the brave men andwomen who have answered our nation’s call to service in the name ofall of us, thank you for what you have accomplished and what youhave done for the citizens of America and for the citizens of theworld.

Over 150 people — including veterans from World War II throughOperations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom — were in attendanceat the meal, which was held at the Bay Ridge Manor, Also on handwere fire and police personnel, there to honor their fellow servicemen and women, those who lost their lives in service and those thatremain missing in action.

John Quaglione, Golden’s deputy chief of staff, said that theevent brings veterans and organizations with different backgrounds,such as Catholic and Jewish war veterans, together.

Every year, Golden highlights members of the military who haveoutstanding records of service and community outreach.

This year’s honorees, all Wounded Warriors, were Scott Roberts,United States Marine Corps sniper scout; Tommy Davis, United StatesArmy captain; Adrienne Ruiz, United States Army sergeant firstclass; Jason Grant Grace, United States Army sergeant; and JeromeElliott, also a United States Army sergeant.

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