Post 229 and New York Legion Honor Judge Eannace

UTICA, Dec. 3, 2010 -- Citing his patriotism and support of veterans, both the New York Department of the American Legion and Utica Post 229 honored City Court Judge Ralph Eannace Thursday, Dec. 2, in ceremonies at the Utica Post on Herkimer Road in North Utica.

Utica City Court Judge Ralph Eannace received Red, White and Blue Awards from David Riley, left, representing the New York Department, and Len Lascala of Post 229.

David Riley, awards chairman for Oneida County American Legion, presented a Red, White and Blue Award to Eannace on behalf of the New York Department, noting that an individual must exhibit exceptional service for state-level recognition.

Leonard Lascala, Post 229 awards chairman, presented the Post’s Red, White and Blue Award, and recounted Eannace’s support for veterans:

“While serving as Oneida County Executive, Mr.  Eannace instituted an Oneida County Veterans Committee consisting of different veterans organizations. This group met quarterly with the county executive to discuss veterans’ issues in our area. While county executive, he put a line item in the budget to purchase flags for veterans’ graves for Memorial Day, which is still there today. When the budget allowed, an extra $10,000 was budgeted to help cover costs of Memorial Day activities in Oneida County.”

 He continued: “When Utica Post presented the county with a Blue Star flag at a county legislative meeting, Mr. Eannace had it flown in front of the county building next to the American flag. At the legislative meeting, he stated that no county employee presently serving in the Armed Services would lose his job or senority. Today as City Court Judge, Mr. Eannace attends all Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities and assists in wreath-laying with Gold Star Mothers and veterans. When called upon, he has always put his support behind the American Legion and the veterans in our area.”

 Despite the fact that Eannace is not a veteran himself, “he has continued to be a strong supporter of the veteran,” Post 229 Commander Anthony Palladino noted. “Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Utica Post 229 regards Ralph Eannace as an ‘Adopted Son’ of the American Legion.”