Feast for veterans in Saugerties

Ulster County veterans’ services volunteer Asunta Boice, deputy director Keith Bennett and Bob Siracusano address the veterans. (Photos by David Gordon)

Bob Siracusano

The Ulster County feast for veterans, held monthly in different towns around the county, came to Saugerties on June 12. What a feast it turned out to be. The Saugerties feast, held at VFW Post 72 on Partition Street, was provided by Village Pizza, along with some home-cooked dishes from Michelle Siracusano, whose husband, Bob Siracusano, paid for the event.

Keith Bennett, deputy director of the Ulster County Veterans Service Agency, said his county department works with local sponsors. He announced the schedule for the remainder of this year’s festivities..


The Saugerties event had multiple courses, including prime rib, vegetables, potatoes, plus a variety of cold cuts and cheeses. Bennett estimated that at least 100 veterans turned out for the feast. The post’s hall was completely filled, with only the serving line open between the tables, nearly all of which were filled.

Keith Bennett

One of the byproducts of the dinners is the contact among people, some of whom live alone. Friendships are formed at events like these, Bennett  said.

“I know what you guys did for us,” Bob Siracusano told the veterans. The annual car show his dealership has sponsored for the past 15 years donates some of the funds it raises to the American Legion. Last year, the show featured 700 cars and drew 15,000 visitors, he said. He promised that this year’s show will be bigger and better.

The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be on display at Cantine Field between July 18 and July 23, Bennett announced.

Serving line at the feast.