Monday, August 13, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne explains absence from Fort Drum bill signing ceremony

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, chair of the New York State Assembly's Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy, was in Albany today attending a summit called by Agri-Mark to discuss the crisis facing dairy farmers in and around the state of New York.

Her policy work in this area has led to the creation of a local, and now a state-wide farm-to -school program, which will put $10 million dollars back into the rural upstate economy.

She has also been sounding the alarm and proposing solutions to address the low milk prices being paid to farmers.

Her calls for bold action have gone unanswered. She was told by officials from the executive branch there must not be a problem because farmers weren't in Albany during budget negotiations or at the end of session.

"They were there today and by the hundreds. Most of the farmers were from New York and Vermont, but the extent of this crisis brought farmers and dairy experts from all over the country," she said.

She said as a state legislator spearheading the effort to drive additional funding to the dairy industry she felt it was imperative she attend the summit to share her proposal. listen to the farmers' concerns and hear other proposals being floated to address the dairy crisis.

Assemblywoman Jenne said she had already committed to attend the dairy summit before receiving an invitation to attend Monday's bill signing ceremony at Fort Drum.

"I am a dedicated supporter of Fort Drum and have led the fight to protect its training capabilities, something that is well know on the installation and inside the beltway," she said.

"Today is a day to recognize the sacrifices of our soldiers and ensure that our government is taking care of them and their families. It is a day to be proud that Congress has passed an important bill to support their sacrifices. Those that helped pass the legislation are those that should receive the political spotlight today, and having the bill signed at Fort Drum brings well deserved recognition to the division and supporting units stationed at Fort Drum," she said.

"It would have been nice to catch up with Commanding General Walt Piatt, just home from a deployment to Iraq, and other officials that have been part of the 10th Mountain Division that were in attendance and to see the pride in our soldiers' eyes when the President signed the legislation in support of them," Assemblywoman Jenne noted.

"However, it's also vitally important that I fight for the survival of our rural economy, our food supply system and the leading role agriculture plays in the global economy," she added.

"I attend events at Fort Drum regularly. There was one more chair for someone less familiar than me with the installation to see first hand how impressive it and our soldiers are," she said.

Assemblywoman Jenne: Waddington ready to host Bassmaster's Elite Series for fourth time

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne stopped in Waddington on Thursday to get an update on the upcoming Bassmaster's Elite Series tournament being hosted by the community later this month.

The assemblywoman said one of her concerns had been the impact lower water levels would have on the tournament.

She said Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada and local tournament committee member Bill Dashnaw assured her the much lower than normal water levels on Lake St. Lawrence and neighboring sections of the St. Lawrence River are not a major concern for the tournament that runs from Aug. 23-26.

Mayor Otto-Cassada said the professional anglers have dealt with low water levels in the past on the St. Lawrence River and also successfully navigated a bridge construction project that impacted the launch area.

"The water is low," Mayor Otto-Cassada told Assemblywoman Jenne as she stood on a dock at Whittaker Park, "but the BASS guys are pros. This is not the first time this has happened to us. We'll be fine."

Assemblywoman Jenne said Waddington officials have demonstrated the economic development and tourism potential that exists for shoreline communities in St, Lawrence and Jefferson counties from the lake to the locks.

"It was great to hear the water levels shouldn't be an impediment to this year's event here in Waddington. It's phenomenal to see how big this event has become, and it will only continue to grow with the long-term commitment from Bassmaster's to keep coming back on an annual basis," she noted.

Bassmaster's has already announced they will be returning to Waddington Aug. 15-18, 2019, marking the fifth time in seven years the Elite Series will have a St. Lawrence River stop on their tournament schedule.

"Waddington is a prime example of what we can do with the natural assets we have in our backyards and proof this is one of the top fisheries in the world," the assemblywoman added.

Assemblywoman Jenne said she was also pleased to hear the strong support the event was receiving from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and I Love NY tourism officials.

"The Governor and I Love NY have stepped up to the plate and been very helpful," Mayor Otto-Cassada told the assemblywoman.

State Senator Patty Ritchie also secured funding to assist local officials stage the event.

"I think the strong bi-partisan support for this effort is a reflection of the high quality of work a small group of local volunteers has done to make Waddington one of the most popular spots in the country on the Bassmater's Elite Series tournament schedule," she noted.

Waddington set the Bassmaster's Elite Series attendance record of more than 34,000 in 2013 at the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown. The tournament drew 31,600 in 2015 and 32,800 in 2017.

Mayor Otto-Cassada said hotels, motels and campgrounds around the region are once again benefitting from the tournament.

"The hotels and motels are full, the Lisbon Beach campground is full. We now have a five-year bond with Bassmaster's. A number of the anglers stay with families when they are in town for the tournament. Some rent houses here for the week. They love the small-town feel of our event," she noted.

The Party in the Park, which features food, music, kids' rides, helicopter rides and the Elite Expo featuring many of the Bassmaster's sponsors is another drawing card to the four-day event in Waddington.

This year's event will also feature a NEACA gun show and militaria expo from Aug. 23-26 at the Donald Martin Civic Center.



Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada shows Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne the launch area for anglers participating in the 2018 Bassmaster's Elite Series tournament Aug. 23-26 in Waddington.


Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada and Bill Dashnaw, members of the local organizing committee for the he 2018 Bassmaster's Elite Series tournament Aug. 23-26 in Waddington, discuss plans for the event with Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne (l).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne grateful for NYSUT endorsement

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, has announced the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has endorsed her re-election.

“As a mom, I see the good our teachers are doing when my kids get home from school,” Assemblywoman Jenne said. “New York’s educators work so hard to push our kids, help them grow and prepare them for the future. I’ll always be on their side and make sure their voices are heard.”

She noted she sees the excellent work teachers do around the River District, both in their classrooms and in their communities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

"I regularly seeing teachers going above and beyond to help their students and their communities. We are at the time of year when many teachers are spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars to buy supplies for their classrooms. It's a reminder of their commitment to their students," she noted.

Assemblywoman Jenne has consistently stood with New York’s teachers, fighting for the North Country’s fair share to make sure our schools have the resources to prepare students for college and good jobs.

Earlier this year, she voted to delink students’ standardized test scores from teacher evaluations and return control back to local districts.

She also advocated for Bev Ouderkirk's appointment to the New York State Board of Regents, a move that helped change the direction of education policy in the state.

Assemblywoman Jenne also spearheaded the farm-to-school program to bring healthy, local food into our school cafeterias.

“We endorse candidates who’ve shown through their advocacy, their accessibility and their strong pro-education, pro-labor voting records that they are true friends of public education, organized labor and working people,” NYSUT President Andrew Pallotta said. “Our support is a testament to a candidate’s willingness to stand shoulder to shoulder with educators to fight for better public schools.”

“There are hundreds and hundreds of teachers here in the River District who give to our community every day,” Assemblywoman Jenne said. “I’m making sure their public service and dedication never goes unnoticed, because from pre-K through graduation day, they’re there for our children.”

NYSUT is an organization of more than 600,000 professionals and retirees from New York’s schools, colleges and health care facilities committed to strengthening the teaching profession and providing all kids with a high-quality education.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne: State awards over half million in funding for library improvements in River District

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, has announced that over a half million in state funding is headed to libraries in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties in the 116th Assembly District.

Assemblywoman Jenne said the funding awards range from $249,034 for the Potsdam Public Library's interior renovation to $9,934 to the Canton Free Library for improvements to its lighting and HVAC systems.

Other North Country libraries awarded funding in the latest round include:

• Roswell P. Flowers Memorial Library, Watertown: $50,841; Interior renovations including upgrade of HVAC system.

• Massena Public Library, $35,367; Interior renovations and outdoor programming area.

• Morristown Public Library, $135,725; Interior work on library building addition.

• Ogdensburg Public Library, $56,551; Install gutters and replace deteriorating retaining wall and exterior doors.

"I've worked with a number of these libraries over the years to ensure they have the funding they need to maintain their often historic buildings in our communities as well to upgrade their facilities to meet the needs of today's library users," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"I have often said our libraries and schools are the hearts and souls of our communities. Just like I fight for equitable funding for our schools, I think it is equally important to provide the funding to support the libraries in our small towns, villages and cities," she noted.

"The habits of our library users have changed over the past few decades, but they remain jewels in our community. Today they help equal the playing field in our communities by offering access to technology for users from all backgrounds," Assemblywoman Jenne added.

The funds are from $24 million in capital funds for public library construction and broadband infrastructure projects provided in the FY2017-2018 State Budget.

New York’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $1.7 billion.

More than 51 percent of the over 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. Another 33 percent are more than three decades old.

Project activities and expenditures eligible for funding from the State Aid for Library Construction Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space.

Projects may include roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources, new HVAC systems, windows, doors, lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots. Broadband infrastructure projects are also eligible.

New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer equipment, may be purchased for new or newly reconfigured or renovated space. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities are a high priority.

In the FY2018-2019 State Budget, the Legislature provided $34 million for projects that will be announced in summer 2019.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne gets first hand look at low-water levels on Lake St. Lawrence

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne says she is concerned by the impact the International Joint Commission's decision to keep outflows high this summer is having on the Lake St. Lawrence shoreline in St. Lawrence County.

Assemblywoman Jenne toured the shoreline on Wilson Hill and on Route 131 in the town of Louisville Tuesday and listened as long-time residents and river users shared their frustration with this year's low-water levels.

While high-water levels impacted residents and communities on Lake Ontario and the portion of the St. Lawrence River from Alexandria Bay to Lisbon last summer, Louisville residents say their property value is being impacted by low-water levels this summer.

Assemblywoman Jenne said her office has received concerns from a number of shoreline residents in the Louisville area in recent days, and she wanted to get a first-hand look at the situation.

"This is the lifeblood of our tourism economy," Assemblywoman Jenne said as she looked over the river from the lawn of a residence on Muskrat Point on Wilson Hill.

"I've been working on steps we can take to rebuild our maritime economy in the North Country. We've got to get this under control," she said after meeting with Wilson Hill residents, who shared their personal stories about the impact the low-water levels have had on their ability to use their docks and boats this summer.

James Garcia told Assemblywoman Jenne Wilson Hill residents know the water levels are determined by the federal IJC's River Board of Control, whose members come from the United States and Canada.

But he indicated he was hoping their message could be bolstered by sharing their concerns with state officials. He said his counterparts on Ault Island on the Canadian side of Lake St. Lawrence have also shared their frustrations with provincial officials.

Mr. Garcia said the low-water levels have resulted in damage to boats, boats struck in the mud and property owners unable to lower boats from hoists into the water.

After last year's flooding, the IJC has kept outflows high this summer and spring and while water levels are much closer to normal from Rochester to Alexandria Bay.

Wilson Hill residents say the velocity of moving that water out of the Great Lakes has literally drained water from Lake St. Lawrence.

Mr. Garcia said he and many of his neighbors have shared their concerns with the IJC, and the responses they have received have not left them optimistic about the rest of the boating season.

Some residents of the area say they have typically had boats in the water at their docks from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but it appears this year's season ended in early July.

They suggested the water levels on their shore ranges from 18 inches to four to five feet below what they expect to have during the first week of August.

Those residents say the low-water levels were exacerbated late last month when strong northeast winds over a period of a few days pushed even more water out of the lake, dropping water levels near their homes by about a foot in a short period of time.

Rob Caldwell, Canadian Secretary on the IJC's St. Lawrence River Board of Control, noted in an email to a Wilson Hill resident on July 23 that water levels on Lake St. Lawrence would remain very low this year, and he indicated those water levels could actually be expected to drop in the coming weeks.

Wilson Hill and Louisville residents say their current water levels are typically where the lake levels are in late October or early November.

" ... Plan 2014 will increase the variability of water levels you experience on Lake St. Lawrence, and, in some years as this one, you will experience very low levels for an extended period of time. That said, overall, residents of Lake St. Lawrence should see higher levels in general, but this will not happen until at least next year," Mr. Caldwell wrote in that email.

Mr. Garcia also shared an email with the assemblywoman he had received from Mr. Caldwell on July 24 in response to an inquiry he had sent suggesting the IJC should give some consideration to Lake St. Lawrence residents already suffering from low water levels when high east winds made a major concern even worse.

The email from the River Board of Control official noted outflows are typically changed only once a week.

"Changing the flow more often creates issues with other users such as commercial navigation, hydropower and recreational boaters elsewhere in the system that rely on consistent flows and water velocities. We cannot, therefore, take secondary transient effects such as wind into account in our regulatory practices," Mr. Caldwell wrote in his email response.

The IJC official also pointed out current water levels on Lake Ontario are comparable to levels in 1987 and 1998 under the previous regulation plan.

"It's worth noting the very high inflows from the upper Great Lakes from Lake Erie right now are comparable to those back in 1987 and 1998 too, when high outflows persisted during a similar period over the boating season," Mr. Caldwell said.

Assemblywoman Jenne, after discussing the issues with residents in the town of Louisville says she continues to have concerns about the quality of the data the River Board of Control uses when it makes its weekly outflow rulings.

She said the visit was valuable for her fact-gathering effort and pledged to share the concerns she heard with other state and federal officials.

"It's important to understand what is going on with our water levels, put it together with what happened last year, and see if there are tweaks that need to be made to Plan 2014," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"I feel it is important to go out and see what is going on. It's worth investigating to make sure we are using the best data to make these outflow decisions. I question whether they are utilizing the latest state of the art technology to inform their decisions," the assemblywoman said.

"I am concerned they don't have the data they need and that could be reflected in a misinterpretation of Plan 2014 that is causing hardships along the watershed from the lakes to the locks over the past couple of years," she added.

The assemblywoman said she is also interested in learning if the IJC's decisions are being influenced by outside voices, whether they come from upriver of downriver from Lake Ontario.

Lake St. Lawrence is an artificial lake formed in the St. Lawrence River during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project and stretches from Waddington to Massena.

"I am concerned they don't have the data they need and that could be reflected in a misinterpretation of Plan 2014 that is causing hardships along the watershed from the lakes to the locks over the past couple of years," she added.

The assemblywoman said she is also interested in learning if the IJC's decisions are being influenced by outside voices, whether they come from upriver of downriver from Lake Ontario.

Lake St. Lawrence is an artificial lake formed in the St. Lawrence River during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project and stretches from Waddington to Massena.


Jim Garcia of Wilson Hill shows Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne photographs detailing the impact low-water levels on Lake St. Lawrence are having on some of his neighbors' properties.

Assemblywoman Jenne honors Lyme volunteer firefighters for last year's flood relief efforts

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, presented the two fire departments in the town of Lyme with proclamations from the New York State Assembly honoring volunteers for the role they played in the flood relief efforts last spring and summer.

"The men and women of the two departments, and family members that were drafted into service, put community above self as they worked day after day, week after week to assist their neighbors in need," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

She said she felt the weekend bicentennial celebration - a time for the community to look back over its history over the past two centuries - was an appropriate time to remember the town's recent past as well.

Assemblywoman Jenne pointed out the firefighters from the Three Mile Bay Fire Company and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department contributed over 17,000 hours of volunteer assistance last May, June and July to help protect homes, garages and boathouses from the flooding caused by high water levels on Lake Ontario.

She said those firefighters, many of whom were dealing with flooding issues at their own homes, were spending up to 16 hours a day filling and placing sandbags to protect structures from the surging waters, pumping out basements and simply giving support to neighbors overwhelmed by the flooding and damage to their properties.

"It's important to recognize and honor the sacrifices the town of Lyme firefighters made last spring and summer to ensure their communities were as safe as possible," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"They were there from hour one of day one of the flooding and worked until the water levels had dropped and life returned to relative normalcy on the shores of Lake Ontario last summer," she added.

Assemblywoman Jenne said she had seen the efforts of the volunteer firefighters first hand and noted her appreciation for their dedication was only magnified by the few hours she spent working with members of the National Guard to fill sandbags in the town of Lyme.

She said she was also appreciative of the work members of local and state highway departments, crews from the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility and soldiers from the National Guard provided during last year's flood relief effort.

"I'm sure those first settlers who settled what officially became the town of Lyme 200 years ago this year would be very proud of the way community members came together last summer to help each other when times were tough," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"We know that same spirit was on display when those first settlers - many with ties to New England - battled a number of serious health issues as they first attempted to tame the woods surrounding the waterways in the town of Lyme," the assemblywoman added.



Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne presented proclamations to the Three Mile Bay Fire Company and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department for the role their volunteers played in last year's flood relief efforts in the town of Lyme. Pictured are (l-r) Three Mile Bay Fire Company Board Vice President Don Borquin, Board President Charlie Mount, Deputy Chief Justin Borquin and Chief William "Bill" Woofter; Assemblywoman Jenne; and Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Heather Jackson and First Assistant Chief Will Lipczynski.


Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne presented a proclamation to the Three Mile Bay Fire Company to honor their extraordinary volunteer service when flooding hit the town of Lyme in the spring and summer of 2018. Pictured are (l-r): Chief William "Bill" Woofter, Deputy Chief Justin Borquin, Assemblywoman Jenne, Board Vice President Don Borquin and Board President Charlie Mount.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne presented a proclamation to the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department to honor their extraordinary volunteer service when flooding hit the town of Lyme in the spring and summer of 2018. Pictured are (l-r): Mike Barbor, John Stetson, Josh Kimball, Second Assistant Chief Heather Jackson, First Assistant Chief Will Lipczynski, Ted Smith and Dar Brown.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne: Whiteface ceremony connects 10th Mountain Division soldiers to their past in climb to glory

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne travelled to Whiteface Mountain Friday for the annual memorial ceremony honoring the men and women of the 10th Mountain Division.

"I have always felt it is important to go to Whiteface for the memorial ceremony to remember the links from its past to the current force," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

She noted this year - as in past years - a few veterans who were members of the 10th Mountain Division during World War II attended the event.

"I think it is important for me to support these veterans as well. I had a chance to speak with two of these veterans today, two men who have taken part in a number of 10th Mountain Division ceremonies in the past and again thank them for their service," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

The 10th Light Division was activated on July 15, 1943 at Camp Hale, Colo. Brigadier General Patrick J. Donahoe, deputy commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division, said the soldiers selected for that first unit had to have three references and were hand picked because of their backgrounds as skiers and outdoorsmen.

He said those soldiers underwent rigorous mountain and cold weather training before being re-designated as the 10th Mountain Division on Nov. 6, 1944.

Those soldiers, who were selected for their great intellect and physical endurance, were vetted by the U.S. Ski Patrol. The training was designed to prepare the soldiers for battle in a rugged terrain in brutal weather against a determined foe, Brig. Gen. Donahoe said.

The 10th Mountain Division arrived for combat in Italy in January 1945 and on the night of Feb. 18, 1945 the Division executed a successful night assault on Riva Ridge.

The assault continued the following night with the capture of Mount Belevedere, a key German observation point, which in conjunction with Riva Ridge, broke the German defensive line that had withstood previous assaults.

The division then led the Allied offensive out of the Apennine Mountains, across the Po River and into the foothills of the Alps, where the 10th Mountain Division ended the war in May 1945.

"In just 110 days of combat, the 10th Mountain Division lost more men than any other division in combat in World War II," Brig. Gen. Donahoe said.

The division was deactivated on Nov. 30, 1945 in Colorado and then was re-activated as the 10th Infantry in 1948. The 10th Mountain Division was deactivated again in 1958.

The modern 10th Mountain Division was reactivated as a Light Infantry Division at Fort Drum on Feb. 13, 1985.

Brig. Gen. Donahoe said a monument at Fort Drum recognizes the connection between those first soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division - men like veterans Bill Morrison and Charlie Smith, now in their mid 90s and in attendance at Friday's ceremony - and today's soldiers at Fort Drum.

"We stand on their soldiers. Today, much like 1944, '45, our nation is engaged globally. We are a blue collar division today," the deputy commander at Fort Drum noted.

"We talk about being mountain tough. It took our men, 75 years ago, to teach their officers what it meant to be mountain tough. It is our generation that uses this ceremony to honor the generation before us. Thank you for your sacrifice to climb to glory," he said.

Brig. Gen. Donahoe said today's 10th Mountain Division has deployed for relief efforts in less than 24 hours and gone to Afghanistan with less than two weeks notice.

The 10th Mountain Division currently has troops deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Africa, Central America and Europe.

Since 2001, the Division Headquarters and its subordinate brigades have combined for 39 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Donahoe quipped when the country faces a problem they call on the U.S. Army and when the Army has a problem they turn to the 10th Mountain Division.

The 10th Mountain Division has deep ties to Whiteface Mountain.

Arthur Draper, a 10th Mountain Division veteran, was heavily involved in the development of ski centers in New York State when he returned home from World War II.

He worked with his friend, then New York State Governor Averell Harriman, to move forward with a proposal to open the Whiteface Mountain ski area on land that was protected under the Forever Wild clause.

The measure was approved by the state's voters and by two successive state legislatures, and Whiteface Mountain's development began in the early 1950s. The ski area opened on Jan. 25, 1958.

Whiteface Mountain was dedicated to the brotherhood of the 10th Mountain Division. A plaque containing the division's crest sits atop Little Whiteface and some trails on the mountain have names linked to the division.

Assemblywoman Jenne, during a discussion with Mr. Smith, who will turn 95 this weekend, noted in addition to living in an area just outside Fort Drum's gates she also realizes the growth of skiing opportunities in the North Country can also be tied directly to the 10th Mountain Division.

"I wouldn't have been exposed to skiing when I was younger without the service of the 10th Mountain Division. Little ski hills popped up all over the North because of places like this," she said, visiting with Mr. Smith at the base of Whiteface Mountain.

Mr. Smith, who has spent a lifetime in Keene Valley, just outside Lake Placid, said he never skied after his military service.

"I had a job," he said. "We didn't make a lot of money back then."



Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne visits with Charlie Smith of Keene Valley, who served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II, following a memorial service Friday at Whiteface Mountain. Mr. Smith, who was accompanied to the event by his daughter, turned 94 Sunday.


Brig. Gen. Patrick Donahoe shows Bill Morrison, who served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II, a challenge coin now carried by today's soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division. Mr. Morrison's son, Dave (far left), and Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne also check out the coin.

Soldiers, veterans and elected officials on hand for a memorial ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Friday at Whiteface Mountain stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem by the division band.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne talks with Theresa Donahoe prior to the 10th Mountain Division memorial ceremony Friday at Whiteface Mountain.

Brig. Gen. Patrick Donahoe shared the sacrifices made by the first 10th Mountain Division soldiers during their service in Europe during World War II.