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Rotary Club Of Tarrytowns Honors 94-Year-old WWII Veteran At Luncheon

The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns celebrated Veterans Day with special guest speaker, Chick Galella, who attended the club's weekly meeting to recognize Veterans Day and all who have served the country.
The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns celebrated Veterans Day with special guest speaker, Chick Galella, who attended the club's weekly meeting to recognize Veterans Day and all who have served the country. Photo Credit: Contributed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns celebrated Veterans Day with special guest speaker, Chick Galella, who attended the club's weekly meeting to recognize Veterans Day and all who have served the country.

Galella left his hospital bed to attend the meeting and speak. A Pearl Harbor survivor, he is committed to sharing the stories of his fellow veterans. He passionately reminds people of the importance of honoring veterans and the simple ways they can do this in their daily lives. As he simply says, the freedoms people enjoy today are built on the sacrifices of veterans. And so they should not be forgotten.

The club enjoyed hearing him talk about the history of the Word War II vets, those who grew up from the Depression, not afraid of hard work, and not afraid to volunteer to fight for their country and those abroad when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

The Rotarians shared their stories with him. For many, it was of their fathers. For others, it was memories of wars since World War II through today. All of these stories were of sacrifices veterans, along with their families, have made to serve the country.

During the luncheon, Chick was inducted as an honorary Rotarian, and presented with a Rotary Pin and Recognition Certificate.

Margaret Black, President of the Rotary Club, said “I can think of no one who lives by our motto ‘Service Above Self’ more than Chick."

The club welcomed him with a huge round of applause when he was pinned.

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