New York State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle and welcomed JoAnn Lyles, the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, and Chrystyna Keslter, the mother of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert on May 22, as the fallen servicemen were inducted into the Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame.
Haerter, of Sag Harbor, , just three weeks after being sent to Iraq. He killed a suicide bomber entering a base in Ramadi and saved 33 fellow marines and Iraqi police.
Theinert, of Shelter Island, deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a new lieutenant. Approximately six weeks into his deployment, Theinert was killed in action at the age of 24 on June 4, 2010 while on foot patrol in Kandahar. While his platoon was undergoing hostile fire from rocket propelled grenades, Theinert noticed something suspicious and went to investigate. It was at that point an improvised explosive device detonated and killed him.