Positively Upstate: Rensselaer County honors three deceased veterans with special ceremony
TROY (WRGB) – The Rensselaer County Legislature remembered and honored three local veterans, as part of its Honor a Deceased Veteran Program.
They honored three brothers who grew up in Troy – Paul, Joseph, and Theodore Rustin. They all served in the US Navy during the Korean and Cold Wars. They passed away within nine months of each other in 2015-2016.
State and local lawmakers including Congressmen Paul Tonko and John Faso, Senator Kathy Marchione, and Assemblyman John McDonald were at today’s ceremony. Senator Marchione presented the Rustin family with the Liberty Award, Congressmen Tonko and Faso gave the family flags that flew over the nation’s capitol building in Washington D.C., and several other leaders gave the family special proclamations.
“It sort of shows the legacy and what they meant to the area and the country as well.” Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said.
“To have three individuals all serving at the same given time is a tribute to their family and to their deeply rooted sense of patriotism,” Congressman Paul Tonko said. “That sacrifice, in some cases supreme sacrifices, is something that needs to be recognized, cherished, and honored.”
The Rustin brothers were three out of 12 children in their family. A few of their siblings, along with many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were at the ceremony. They remembered their loved ones and said they were honored to see their brothers’ sacrifices recognized.