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May 2009: Mother's Day flower arrangements to women who have children in the Armed Forces


Erie County Veterans Service Agency in conjunction with the Rockland County Veterans Service Agency provided Mother's Day flower arrangements to women who have children in the Armed Forces deployed is support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Director Jerry Donnell in Rockland County accumulated information from the deployed troops and provided other county veterans service agencies with the names and addresses. We then asked local florists to provide the flowers and presented or delivered them in time for Mother's Day. We are grateful to Maureen's Wholesale Flower's in Buffalo and Mischler's Florists in Williamsville for the donation of flowers for theses ladies.

County Executive Chris Collins invited all four from Erie County to his office for the presentation, but only 2 were able to attend and are pictured above.

Left to right

Mrs. Ida Reitz – her son Barry is a 25 year veteran of the Air National Guard based in Niagara Falls.
Patrick W. Welch – Director Erie County Veterans Service Agency
Chris Collins – Erie County Executive
Mrs. Bobbi Hopkins – her daughter Stephanie is 20 years old and serves in the Air National Guard based in Niagara Falls.