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Bank Dedicates Purple Heart Trail

Posted On: 08/22/2019

Approximately 100 guests gathered around for the unveiling of the first Purple Heart trail in Seneca Falls. Remarks were made by Generations President & CEO Menzo Case, Senator Pam Helming, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Past Commander of VFW Post 1323 Michael Galina, and Commander of Kirk-Casey American Legion Post 336 Sharon Rayno. The Mynderse Chamber singers provided a wonderful performance of America the Beautiful. Senator Helming also presented Generations and their Board of Directors with the NYS Senate 2019 Empire Award in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to the growth, prosperity and betterment of their community and New York State.


“While in Frisco, Texas visiting a Veterans’ Memorial Park, I noticed that Frisco was designated a Purple Heart City”, said Menzo Case, Generations President & CEO. “I did some research and found that any town or city can have the same designation. We are hopeful that the Seneca Falls Town Council will pass a resolution that will designate Seneca Falls a Purple Heart Town.”


The Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Services who were wounded or killed while serving. To honor the spirit of the resolution Generations has dedicated a Purple Heart Memorial Trail.


The first thirty-three stones revealed at the dedication included the following honorees: Alan T. Kuryla, Aleda E. Lutz, Bruce K. Manning, Daniel J. Carroll, David R. Bellomo, David D. Sparks, Ernest B. Landry, Eugene W. Burroughs, Eugene Potter, Francis L. Dyson, Frederick C. Tafel Jr, George P. Sanderson, Harold L. Smith, John J. Elliotto, John E. Hanlin, John R. Laude, John E. Venuti, Joseph W. Brown III, Joseph T. Reed, Marshall C. Burgess, Maynard Parry, Orson H. Case, Pat M. Giansante, Paul M. Cody, Paul J. Scott, Peter W. Ward, Raymong J. Kelsey, Richard M. McNabb, Ronald F. Hoc, Samuel W. Maloney, Samuel J. Piraino, Wayne L. Campbell, and William B. Fitzpatrick. Additional stones will be placed at a future date.


“It is our hope that the Purple Heart Trail will continue to grow across the towns, villages and cities in the Finger Lakes region or better yet all of New York,” said Menzo Case. “Generations will continue to help make that possible.” Generations will assist those interested in obtaining additional stones for placement in the Path. There is no requirement that the veteran be from or live in the area. To enroll a veteran that received the Purple Heart, fill out the form at