State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, announced she is seeking nominations for the Veterans Hall of Fame from her district's six-county region.

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, announced she is seeking nominations for the Veterans Hall of Fame from her district’s six-county Wayne-Finger Lakes region.

The Veterans Hall of Fame honors outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves and made significant contributions in their military careers, professional endeavors and community service. “Their meritorious service to our nation, state, and community deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration,” Helming stated.

Helming will accept nominees now through Friday, Oct. 5. Those nominating veterans do not have to live within the 54th Senate District, but nominees must live in the district that includes all of Seneca and Wayne Counties, parts of Cayuga and Ontario Counties, and the towns of Lansing and Webster. Nomination forms are available on Helming’s website, helming.nysenate.gov, and may be submitted electronically.

People may also print a paper version of the form and mail it to Helming’s district office at 425 Exchange St., Geneva, NY 14456. For questions or more information, people may contact the District Office at (315) 568-9816.

Helming will recognize all of the Veterans Hall of Fame nominees during veterans recognition events slated for November to coincide with Veterans Day. In May 2019, Helming’s inductee will join other inductees from Senate districts around New York State for a ceremony in Albany. The honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special online exhibit that highlights the contributions of these exemplary New York state veterans.

Earlier this year, Helming recognized the late Edward L. Butts Jr., of Union Springs, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, as the 54th District’s 2018 inductee into the Veterans Hall of Fame. Achieving the rank of master gunnery sergeant by the time of his retirement, Mr. Butts served in a variety of roles in the Marine Corps both stateside and overseas. He also contributed to his community through the American Legion Walter T. Conley Post 1107 in Union Springs.