East Meadow, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by Bob Chiappone, Commander Chapter 417 of Military Order of the Purple Heart; Connie Steers, Past Department Commander of Military Order of the Purple Heart; members of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency; and local Purple Heart veterans as he officially designated Nassau County a Purple Heart County.
“It is my distinct honor to proclaim Nassau County as a Purple Heart County, honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans,” said County Executive Mangano.
The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who is killed or wounded in action. The Purple Heart was initially created by General George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit and is currently the oldest military decoration in present use.
“As Chairman of the Veteran’s Committee, it is an honor to proclaim Nassau County a ‘Purple Heart County,’” said Legislator Donald MacKenzie. “Our veterans have given so much to protect our freedom, and I am pleased that we can honor their sacrifice in this fashion.”
“I would like to thank all our veterans for their service to our country. All veterans have sacrificed something for us, and those who have earned the Purple Heart have paid an extra price for which we are all eternally grateful.” – Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves.
“Veterans have paid the high price of freedom by leaving their families and communities behind and placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all,” added County Executive Mangano. “The people of Nassau County have great admiration and the utmost gratitude for the men and women who have selflessly served their nation and this county in the Armed Forces.”
Pictured are: Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature Norma Gonsalves; Legislators Rose Walker and Michael Venditto; Purple Heart Veteran Brian Keelan; Purple Heart Veteran Don Simmons of Carle Place; John J. Hassett Nassau County Commander of the American Legion from Malverne; Purple Heart Veteran Tom Holloran of the Catholic War Veterans from Queens Village; Purple Heart Veteran Dennis Munson of East Meadow; Two Time Purple Heart recipient Amanda Martino; Connie Steers, Past Department Commander of Military Order of the Purple Heart; Bob Chiappone, Commander Chapter 417 of Military Order of the Purple Heart; Erle Mutz, Sergeant at Arms, Military of the Purple Heart; Purple Heart Veteran Steven Kwiecinski of Massapequa Park; and Purple Heart Veteran Michael Mattera of Lynbrook.