Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined the President of United Veterans Organization (UVO) on Sunday in honoring all our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day.
The annual ceremony began with a Color Guard; Nassau County Police Department Pipe & Drum Band, Pledge of Allegiance, an Invocation by UVO Chaplain Ted Schuster and an introduction by UVO President Chuck Carlucci. It ended with the County Executive and Carlucci placing a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park, as is the County’s custom.
This year’s guest speaker for the ceremony was the Hon. Terence Murphy – a District Court Judge and a Lt. Col. in the Advocate General’s Corps.
County Executive Mangano thanked “all of the veterans who served our nation in times of war and peace and our servicemen and women who are now defending freedom around the world.” and he did soon behalf of all Nassau residents.
“We salute the spouses, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers of our deployed military throughout this country and recognize their sacrifice with admiration,” he said. “We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all of our veterans and their families who shouldered those same burdens, days or decades ago, and thank them for the America we cherish today. It is vital that we remember the sacrifices of our veterans and support them whenever and wherever possible.”
In Nassau County, there are several ongoing initiatives to help vets who may be homeless or otherwise in need, including a partnership with the private sector and VA funding, to build affordable housing for veterans. The County also offers veterans free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic –serving nearly 100,000 veterans in Nassau County.
“Today, at this beautiful memorial, we gather to recognize the sacrifices of those brave men and women who sacrificed their personal lives, missing weddings, births, family celebrations, and those who made the supreme sacrifice, never to return,” Mangano said. “We vow today to never forget their sacrifice and all that they did to preserve the American Dream. So, beyond this day, let’s go forward with a personal pledge to honor our veterans each day and work together to improve their lives, as they did ours.”