National Guard honored

By Justin Andrews

National Guard honored

February 24, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Ancient Order of the Hibernian's honored the local National Guard with an award for their work within the community.

The 204th Battalion was received Saturday the Hibernian's 2013 Community Service Award.

The two men accepting the award, Christopher Hatala and Eric Stevens, said it was another nod of approval from the community in the Southern Tier.

"It's just a pat on the back for the work that we do," Eric Stevens said. "We put in a lot of long hours, put a lot of effort into everything that we do. And it is nice any time you can get some recognition for the hard work that we do."

Other awards were given out to the Grand Marshal's of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Parade, which steps off at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2.