Copake becomes Purple Heart Town; Honors local Purple Heart Recipients
Residents from the Roe Jan community gathered in front of Town Hall on Saturday August 8 to honor four local men who were awarded Purple Heart Awards for their service in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Richard Barton of Copake Falls, who fought in the Vietnam War, and Avery (Prope) Dietter, Sr. of Ancramdale, who fought in the Korean War, were both in attendance. Each wore their Purple Heart pin. Also honored was the late Gary Peck who lived in Copake and the late Clayton Boughton a resident of Copake Falls. Mr. Peck fought in Vietnam and Mr. Boughton served in Korea. Senator Daphne Jordan, who has promoted the idea of Purple Heart Towns was on hand as Supervisor Jeanne Mettler read a Resolution proclaiming Copake to be a Purple Heart Town. The Copake Town Boardmembers read biographies of the veterans. Also in attendance was Command Sergeant Major Gary L. Flaherty, Columbia County Director of Veteran’s Services, Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin and Ancram Councilmember Hugh Clark, Ancram Town Clerk Monica Cleveland, Copake Town Clerk Lynn Connolly and Copake Town Historian Howard Blue. At the end of the ceremony Richard Barton, Prop Dietter, Command Sergeant Major Flaherty and Senator Jordan unveiled a Purple Heart sign which has been installed by the flagpole in front of the Copake Town Hall.