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The ‘sky is the limit’ for veterans

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Anthony Fiducia/Columbia-Greene Media The Veteran’s Day breakfast at the Elk’s Lodge in Catskill on Sunday.
November 13, 2017 - 12:15 am

CATSKILL — A breakfast for veterans was held at the Elk’s Lodge in Catskill on Sunday morning.

“Today we had a very good turnout,” Elk’s Lodge Exalted Ruler Charlie Cinatti, a member for over 40 years, said of the event. “It’s been steady since nine.”

An annual event, Cinatti said although there was a good turnout, it’s usually up and down for the event.

“Overrall, I’d like to see it get bigger,” he said. “But it’s a beautiful day today so I’m happy.”

Cinatti said the event receives a lot of donations. The food this year was donated by Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home in Catskill.

“Anything we can do for our veterans — the sky is the limit,” Cinatti said.

Bill Whirtley, of Catskill, served in the Navy during the Vietnam era.

“I’m getting old, I’m tired — I don’t do much anymore,” Whirtley said of his Veteran’s Day. “It’s been quiet — it’s usually that way.”

Whirtley said he’s been going to the breakfast every year for about five years.

“It takes all I got to do, whatever I need to do,” he said.

Roger Benn, of Cairo, served in Vietnam from 1965-1966.

“It’s a good thing here,” he said of the event.

Benn said he goes to multiple small gatherings in the area.

“I try to go to anything I can go to,” Benn said. “I like to go local, support local. They’re all about pretty much the same.”

The Veteran’s Day celebration at Columbia-Greene Community College is Benn’s favorite, he said. He attends every year.

“There’s more people coming than there used to,” he said of the Elk’s Lodge event. “Every year it’s getting better.”

Benn made a point as to why more people don’t attend the event.

“Vets don’t want to participate and I don’t know why,” he said. “At least we had a decent turnout here today.”

To reach reporter Anthony Fiducia, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2309 or email afiducia@registerstar.com.