Private funds announced for Sampson Cemetery

Continuing his aggressive efforts to further the development ofthe Veterans Cemetery at the former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base inSeneca County, State Senator Michael Nozzolio today announced that thefundraising drive for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery has receivedsupport from individual and corporate donors.“After years of hard work, I am extremely pleased that the Sampson VeteransMemorial Cemetery project is a reality,” said Senator Nozzolio. “Inaddition to a $1 million state investment that I was proud to secure toestablish the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, I am extremely pleased toannounce that the project has received an additional $30,000 in privatedonations to ensure that we create a world-class veterans cemetery.”Seneca Meadows Inc., a waste management company based in Waterloo, has madea $25,000.00 donation to the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Thedonation was presented on September 6th at the groundbreaking ceremony ofthe future site of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery.Carl Casaccia, Executive Vice President of Seneca Meadows, said, “SenecaMeadows is honored to be one of the first major sponsors of this importantproject. The men and women who have sacrificed to serve for our countrydeserve a place of honor and to be remembered for their service.”In addition, a donation of $5,000.00 was made by the Hallett FamilyCharitable Foundation in the name of Fred Hallett, a local veteran whoparticipated in the groundbreaking ceremony. Fred Hallett is a veteran ofthe United States Marine Corps who trained at Paris Island and servedactive duty in Lebanon. He previously worked with Senator Mike Nozzolio tosecure funding for a veteran’s memorial monument for the Lodi HistoricalSociety where he is a volunteer.Fred Hallett said, “Senator Michael Nozzolio has always listened to andtaken care of the needs of veterans. The money donated from The HallettFamily Charitable Foundation is on behalf of the hard work and dedicationthat Senator Nozzolio has put forth to help this veterans cemetery becomereality. He has made the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery possible and itwas a real honor to participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking of thecemetery.” “Thanks to generous donations like these, we will be able to establish acemetery that will be a lasting tribute to the brave veterans that gave somuch for our country,” said Senator Nozzolio. “I commend Seneca Meadows andFred Hallett and the Hallett Family for their generous contributions.”Senator Nozzolio previously secured $1 million in State funding for thecreation of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Future fundraising willinvolve the sale of engraved bricks on a walkway, memorial benches andtrees, handled by a nonprofit cemetery advisory board. For moreinformation on the cemetery and the fundraising drive, please visit theSampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery’s website atwww.sampsonveteranscemetery.com.The creation of the veterans cemetery at Sampson has been a priority ofSenator Nozzolio and area veterans for many years. Last July, he sponsoredthe legislation authorizing the transfer of land at Sampson State Park toSeneca County to be used for the creation of the cemetery.“It has been a priority of mine to create a world-class veterans cemeteryat the former Sampson base as a place of honor where our veterans will beappropriately remembered. I thank all those who contribute to make thecemetery a lasting tribute to the brave veterans who gave so much for ourNation,” concluded Senator Nozzolio.

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