Americans against all odds to be remembered
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano along with New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo, Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, Museum founder Lawrence Kadish, and Hon. Joseph Mondello, joined veterans in honoring Battle of the Bulge veterans and 19,000 GI’s lost with a flag raising ceremony at the Museum of American Armor.
The ceremony on Monday, December 23, 2013 commemorated the Anniversary of the “Battle of the Bulge” – the deadliest winter ever faced by U.S. forces during World War II when a desperate German counter offensive killed 19,000 troops and injured 70,000.
Honored at the flag raising were a handful of veterans who faced that fierce attack. The Museum of American Armor is under construction at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage. The Museum will be open in the spring of 2014 and not only honors those who served during this period, but also serves as a living and vital connection to our past, thanks to its founder Lawrence Kadish and supporters:
“Friends….while in the midst of Christmas preparations, we pause today to remind ourselves why and how a free democracy can still embrace the joys of the holiday,” Mangano told those gathered. “It’s because one extremely cold winter – in December of 1944 – a woefully unprepared part of the American front line took the full weight of a ferocious German counter attack in the Ardennes. Almost 20,000 Americans were killed. Tens of thousands more were wounded. History calls it “the Battle of the Bulge.” Survivors call it a little piece of hell.”
Mangano said we “have an obligation to recall this battle and the courage that was found behind every snow drift and inside every hastily dug fox hole.”