William-and-Mom-when-he-got-homeBy Paul Crawford, Director of the Allegany State Park Historical Society

The Allegany State Park Historical Society (ASPHS) recently honored Specialist William Michael Puglise with the Anderson/Allegany State Park Historical Society Veterans Recognition Award.

“I am proud of what I did for my country and would do it again if asked,” said Specialist Puglise. “I can’t thank WNY Heroes enough for all they have done for me and my family along with the tremendous support they have provided. I also want to thank the Allegany State Park Historical Society, Lanny and Ann Marie Anderson, and Paul Crawford at Allegany State Park for this wonderful opportunity.”

Specialist Puglise was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Let us thank Specialist Puglise for his service and never forget our veterans lost in combat and currently deployed.

The Puglise family will be receiving:

• One-week stay at handicap accessible or standard electric cabin during the summer season at a time chosen by the award winner. They may choose a date and the Society will pre-pay the fee for the cabin.

• $200 Visa gift card for groceries and souvenirs.

• Approximately one chord of firewood delivered on-site.

• Dinner at the Red House Restaurant Friday or Saturday evening in 2013 or dinner delivered.

• Historic and sightseeing tour of the park with Park Historian Bob Schmid.

• Introduced at the Hootenanny if staying at the cabin during the summer months.

• Story /interview featured in local newspapers.

This very special award was made possible by the Allegany State Park Historical Society, Lanny Anderson and his wife Ann Marie, the Hootenanny Raffle, the Park Pharmacy in Salamanca and VFW Post 8734 in Little Valley, in cooperation with Allegany State Park management, and in conjunction with previous grant recipients provided by WNY Heroes.

The memorial award is named after Dade Anderson, who served as a park ranger for 36 years. The award was conceived by his son Lanny and Lanny’s wife Anne Marie Anderson. (The Anderson Trail is named after Dade.)

To all our veterans, thank you for your brave service to our country. Happy Fourth of July!

To stay current with activities by the ASP Historical Society, visit their Facebook Page. For more information about WNY Heroes, visit www.wnyheroes.org.

“I would like to thank the Allegany State Park Historical Society, Lanny & Ann Marie Anderson, WNY Heroes and all of the donors that made this award possible!” said Paul Crawford, Award Chairman and ASPHS Director.