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Schenectady County to Honor U.S. Army SGT Joseph Giello

Schenectady County Honor A Veteran Event

Community Invited to Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony

Schenectady County will hold an Honor-A-Veteran ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2022 to recognize SGT Joseph Giello. During the event the County Legislature will present the family of SGT Giello with a proclamation to recognize his service to our country and to the community as a member of various veterans’ organizations. The public is invited to attend.

The Honor-A-Veteran program is a collaboration between Schenectady County’s Veterans Service Agency and the County’s Honor-A-Veteran Committee to honor veterans who were either born in or currently reside in Schenectady County. Members of the committee are from various veteran organizations throughout the County.

“By the time he was 30 years old, SGT Giello had lived through two World Wars and the Great Depression, and he served our country for 6 years in the U.S. Army,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano. “The service and sacrifices made by Joseph and others in his generation – the Greatest Generation – are an example to us all. We invite you to our Honor-A-Veteran ceremony to celebrate SGT Giello’s service our country and to countless veterans in our community and beyond.”


Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time: 1pm

Location: St. Luke’s Church, 1241 State St, Schenectady, NY 12304


SGT Joseph R. Giello

Joseph R. Giello was born and raised in Schenectady and attended Schenectady City Schools. He enlisted in the Army on June 12, 1939 and was discharged, as a Sargent, on June 6, 1945. While in the service he received the Purple Heart Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Western Pacific Campaign Medal and the Defense Service Medal.

Giello was very involved with multiple veterans’ organizations and participated in numerous Memorial Day parades and ceremonies. He was a Past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 357, a member of the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 15 and the Past National Commander of the 27th Division Association. Giello was also the Past Commander of the Apple Knockers Post 105, a member of AMVETS Post 35, a member of American Legion Post 1002 and Past Chef deGare 40+8.

Additional information about Schenectady County’s Honor-a-Veteran Program is available at