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Schenectady County to Honor U.S. Army Veteran Sullivan Alois

Schenectady County Honor A Veteran Event

Community Invited to Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony

Schenectady County will hold an Honor-A-Veteran ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 2022 to recognize U.S. Army Veteran Sullivan (Van) J. Alois. During the event the County Legislature will present Alois 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.

“Vietnam Era Veterans often did not receive the praise and support they deserved for their military service,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano. “We are excited to honor Sullivan Alois, a Purple Heart recipient, for his commitment to our country and community. Join us on December 10th to celebrate his legacy of service in the U.S. Army and beyond.”

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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

CPT Sullivan (Van) J. Alois

Sullivan Alois was born and raised in Schenectady, attended Schenectady City Schools, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Buffalo and Master of Education degree at the University of Albany.  

Mr. Alois served in the U.S. Army from December of 1964 to December of 1966 and again from February 1968 to May 1969 and was discharged as a Captain. During his military career he received many awards and decorations including the Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal for Valor, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s/Parachute Badges.

Alois served his community as a teacher for the Buffalo City School District and the Schenectady County City School District as a science teacher, retiring in 2010 as a high school principal. He also belonged to and participated in a multitude of organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 357 and his local Rotary Club, and he also enjoyed supporting and coordinating neighborhood clean-ups with his students.

Visit to learn more about Schenectady County’s Honor-a-Veteran Program.