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Schenectady County to Honor U.S. Navy Veteran James A. Wilson

Schenectady County Honor A Veteran Event

Public Invited to Attend Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony on March 25

Schenectady County will hold an Honor-A-Veteran ceremony on Saturday, March 25, 2023 to recognize U.S. Navy Veteran James (Jim) A. Wilson. During the event the County Legislature will present Mr. Wilson’s family 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.

“Schenectady County is proud to be the home of over 8,000 veterans, and our Honor-A-Veteran program is a way for us to thank those in our community that have served,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano, Chair of the Military Affairs & Veterans Committee. “Mr. Wilson’s service to our country did not stop when he left the military, it continued on through his involvement in veterans’ organizations, his work as the director of the county’s Veterans Service Agency, and his volunteer work and advocacy for veterans.”


Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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


James A. Wilson

Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Navy from December of 1944 to July of 1949 and was discharged as a Yoeman Second Class. During his military career he received many awards and decorations including the American Theater Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Medal, Navy Occupation (Europe) Medal, and the Navy Victory Medal.

Wilson served as the Director of the Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency and belonged to many organizations, including the Schenectady County Council of Veterans’ Organizations where he served seven terms as President, VFW District Commander (honored as All American Commander), NYS Veterans Advisory Committee, AMVETS, 369th Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 88, Navy Memorial, USS Little Rock Association (Chairman Emeritis), Sampson Navy WWII Association, and Polish American Veterans. He was also inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

Mr. Wilson also chaired the committee to name a section of Route 890 “Veterans’ Highway,” was Chairman of the committee to build a monument in Veterans’ Park in the City of Schenectady, and Chairman and 35-year volunteer of the VA National Cemetery Saratoga Support Committee. He also was a 35-year volunteer at Stratton Medical Center, coordinated the decoration of veterans’ graves at 31 cemeteries in Schenectady County for 30 years, Chairman of the Rotterdam Elks’ Flag Day Parade, and volunteer at the United Way, Red Cross, and the Ingersoll Home.


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