VALHALLA, NY – It’s been said that good things come in three. That’s certainly true of Senator Terrence Murphy’s Annual Veterans Pancake Breakfast. Despite a dire, rainy forecast promising 40-mile an hour winds, more than 100 veterans and their guests attended Senator Murphy’s third annual breakfast held at the Mt. Pleasant Community Center on October 27th.
“This is a day that’s always very special for me. It allows us to give back to our veterans. They deserve all the recognition and honor they can get,” said Senator Murphy. “I don’t know where the wheels fell off the bus when it comes to veterans. When they come home we should all say ‘thank you for your service,’ and ‘what can we do to protect you?’ That’s the level of treatment and respect all veterans should get from their fellow Americans.”
“One day each year is not enough for honoring veterans. Veterans deserve to be honored and recognized for their sacrifices every single day,” said Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi. “This is an opportunity to say thank you, and we’re proud of you for your service.”
Senator Murphy co-sponsored the event with the Town of Mt. Pleasant and The Thornwood Lions. Many of the town’s local elected and appointed officials attended, including Town Justice Mark Rubeo, Councilwoman Laurie Rogers Smalley, Councilman Nicholas DiPaolo, Councilman Anthony Amiano, and Town Clerk Patricia Scova.
Annamarie Sant sang an inspiring version of “God Bless America,” and Valhalla High School senior Maddie Manfredi performed “God Bless America.” Additional entertainment was provided by the Westlake High School Blenders. Among the service organizations on hand were United for the Troops, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. The local Girl Scout Troop made sure each veteran walked away with a smile, providing free cookies.
Senator Murphy continues to be an advocate for veterans. He passed legislation to get the Vietnam Veterans of America officially recognized as a benevolent order in New York State; provided $185,000 in funding for the Dwyer Vet2VET Program of Westchester County; passed a law to create a check box on tax forms for taxpayers to donate to New veterans homes, and helped pass buyback legislation that allows veterans to buy back service time on their pensions.