Community Invited to Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony
Schenectady County will hold an Honor-A-Veteran ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 2023 to recognize U.S. Marine Veteran Robert (Bob) E. Becker, Jr. During the event the County Legislature will present Becker 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.
“I’ve had the honor of knowing Bob Becker for over 25 years and have seen unwavering dedication to veterans firsthand,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano, Chair of the Military Affairs & Veterans Committee. “Bob’s invaluable input helped spur the construction of the County’s Vietnam Veteran Memorial located at SUNY Schenectady and establish transportation van service for Schenectady County veterans. Join us on Saturday to honor Bob for his military service and for his continued advocacy for veterans in Schenectady County and throughout New York State.”
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Luke’s Church, 1241 State St., Schenectady, NY 12304
1st Sgt Robert (Bob) E. Becker
Robert (Bob) Becker was born and raised in Schenectady and graduated from Niskayuna High School 1960. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served on active duty from 1960 to 1966, and from 1971 until he retired as a 1st Sergeant with 22 years of service. From 1966-1970 he served in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Since serving Becker has been an advocate for veterans and their families and has served as the Executive Legislative Director for the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations. He has held many positions in veterans organizations, including: National and State Commandant of the Marine Corps League, Electric City Detachment Commandant, Capt. Wm. Dale O’Brien Detachment Commandant, Commander of American Legion Post 1092, Commander of DAV Chapter 88, President and Adjutant of Schenectady County Veterans Council, National Marine Corps League Legislative Chairman, Coordinator for Capital District Toys for Tots Program, and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America.
Becker has also been a volunteer DAV driver, Chair of the Rotterdam Veterans Committee, Usher at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Treasurer for the Electric City Detachment Marine Corps League, Editor of Electric City Detachment Newsletter, and a member of Saratoga National Cemetery Memorial Day Flag Committee, Fleet Reserve Association, TREA, AMVETS, and the Rotterdam Elks.
Becker has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including the Four Chaplains Humanity Award and the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award. He was also named the National Marine of the Year and the State Marine of the Year in 2011.
Visit www.schenectadycountyny.gov/veterans to learn more about Schenectady County’s Honor-a-Veteran Program.