Donald Barton was inducted into the 2019 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

World War II veteran Donald Barton of Canandaigua has been inducted into the 2019 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame from the 54th Senate District. State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, who represents the district, welcomed 1st. Lt. Barton to the state Capitol in Albany to present him with the honor.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Barton was selected from among 120 local veterans who were nominated by their family, friends, and colleagues for the prestigious recognition. All the nominees were honored during a series of veteran recognition ceremonies that took place in November throughout the district’s six counties. The district covers Seneca and Wayne counties, parts of Cayuga and Ontario counties, and the towns of Lansing in Tompkins County and Webster in Monroe County.

The 2019 Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony awards ceremony took place May 21 at the Legislative Office Building. The awards for more than a decade have “honored remarkable veterans from around the state who have distinguished themselves in both military and civilian life,” according to the state Senate. Veterans recognized “have dedicated their lives to the highest cause …”

Those inducted into the Hall of Fame include military veterans, community organizers, teachers, small business owners, police officers, fire fighters, emergency personnel and first responders among others. For all the honorees, “public service is their collective life calling,” according to the Senate.

Barton will be the honored speaker at the upcoming Cheshire Memorial Day Commemoration and community picnic on Saturday, May 25. The events will take place at the Cheshire Fire Hall on Route 21 in the hamlet, beginning at 10 a.m. Festivities also celebrate Barton’s 98th birthday.

For a complete list of veterans in the 2019 Hall of Fame, visit https://www.nysenate.gov/honoring-our-veterans