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Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) participated in a Quilts of Valor Ceremony on Saturday at VFW Post 6824 in Rome, where a group of local veterans who have been “touched by war” were honored. Recipients included (seated, from left) state treasurer Stacy Garrity, whose quilt Pickett, Burton Baldwin, John Schmeckenbecher, Michael Kinney, Ted Benjamin, Stanley Smith, and Frederick Rose. Presenters includes (back, from left) Betsy Baldwin, Elsie Schmeckenbecher, Mary Manerjerovic, Patty Benjamin, Jim Cullen, and Pete Miller, post commander. Pete also serves as Bradford County veterans affairs director.
Also honored for their Navy service with certificates of appreciation from the House of Representatives and VFW Post 6824 Auxiliary were (above, second and third from left) Mary and Richard Marjerovic, joined by Stacy Garrity, auxiliary president Anne Eastabrook and Pete Miller.
“Not only does the Auxiliary appreciate our veterans, but also those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” Pickett stated in a press release. Janice Hicks (above, second from right) lost her husband, Robert Platt, during the Vietnam War and was presented with . She received a House certificate honoring her late husband and a U.S. flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Joining them were (from left) Anne Eastabrook and Stacy Garrity. Garrity was also presented with a special House certificate.