AOH members of Division 1 and Division 4 of Orange County, New York attended sunrise Memorial Day services at seven Cemetery and Monument locations in Goshen, New York. At each location a prayer was recited for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice followed by piper playing Amazing Grace and then a twenty-one gun salute by members of the American Legion. While visiting the Orange County Veterans Cemetery members paid their respects at the gravesite of 1st. Lt, Louis Allen who died in Iraq and is the namesake of the first AOH Junior Division in Orange County. A decade of the Rosary was said by members along with his parents who were in attendance.
Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan -AOH Division 4
Brian T. Strommer
Brian traces his Irish roots to counties Sligo, Mayo, and Down. He was born in Goshen, New York in July 1963 to Gerard F. Strommer and Ann L. Strommer nee Sweeney.
Upon graduating from Washingtonville High school in 1981, Brian enlisted in the United States Navy. Brian served his country for over 22 years in the USN from May 1982 until his retirement in August 2004. Brian enjoyed a successful career in the US Navy, traveling the world, receiving dozens of citations and commendations, as well as dozens of medals while serving over 13 years at sea on a variety of combatant ships. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 2004.
Prior to retirement, Brian returned to Washingtonville, New York and married Sharon Hinchey in February 2001. They settled in Washingtonville and have four children, Brandy Leigh, Brian Thomas II, Owen Michael, and Keira Ann.
Upon retirement, Brian began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he continues to work today.
Meetings are held on the first Friday of
each month at 7:30 pm at
10 Dikeman Drive
Goshen, N Y
No meeting in August
March 4th Installation
At the December 2010 meeting our Chaplain, Fr. John Logan, O Carm.
was presented with a Division jacket and balmoral
by Ron Heppes the 2011 Orange County Grand Marshal.
***New*** Photos, Thanks to Mike Cummings!
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