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February 27, 2014

Pendleton committee seeks to honor vets

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PENDLETON — A newly formed Veteran's committee will seek to raise funds to create a Veterans Memorial in the town of Pendleton.

The committee will also promote veterans tax exemptions for those who are eligible, organize ceremonies in the town for veterans' holidays including the Fourth of July and Veterans' Day, and assist veterans to obtain information about government benefits.

The committee will also coordinate with Niagara County Veteran's Service Agency and local veterans' organizations on any new programs or events for veterans and their families.

The committee will be headed by by William Rott, a longtime Pendleton resident and retired Army captain.

“I think it's very important to have a veterans' committee for Pendleton, and the town is long overdue to have a veterans' memorial,” Rott, who has 30 years of service under his belt, said.

The town of Pendleton currently has a rock with a plaque listing the names of former residents who were killed in active duty. The proposed memorial will honor all veterans, living or dead, who served in any branch of service and lived in Pendleton.

Rott said he looked at veterans' memorials in Buffalo's Naval Park and the city of Tonawanda for inspiration.

“I'm motivated to get a memorial going because as a young boy, I had two uncles who came back from World War II severely injured, and in later years, I've seen highly decorated veterans go to their graves without recognition,” Rott said.

The first committee meeting will take place 7:00 p.m. March 10 at Pendleton Town Hall. Councilman Dave Leible will be board liaison.

Any Pendleton residents who would like to take part in the veterans' committee are asked to contact Rott at 912-6845.

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