Former Village of Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise, received a posthumous dedication from his American Legion Post this Veterans Day – as a brick etched with his name, was added to the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Veterans Memorial.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined with members of the Village, and the Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion Post 339, for the ceremony at Andrew Parise Park, across from town hall, yesterday – Nov. 11.
Every year, veterans in the Incorporated Village of Cedarhurst gather at the memorial to honor those members who died in that past year, by dedicating a brick in their name to the memorial.
The bricks are currently at Village Hall for the family members receiving the bricks to view, and then will be added to the memorial after today.
The pastor from nearby St. Joachim’s Church gave the invocation to open the ceremony, and Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Temple Israel of Lawrence, closed the ceremony with a benediction. A Lawrence High School Student sang The National Anthem and both the Post Commander of Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion, Syd Mandelbaum, and the Mayor of the Village of Cedarhurst – Benjamin Weinstock- welcomed those in attendance. Also in attendance were the deputy mayor of the Village, 3 of the Village trustees and the Vice Commander of the American Legion Post.
After a Reading of Veterans Names, and the Playing of Taps by a Lawrence High School Student, County Executive Mangano and Town of Hempstead Veterans Services Counselor Rick Gales, presented the ceremonial wreath.
In his remarks, On behalf of the residents of Nassau County, 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.”
“Together, 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. Our servicemen and women leave their homes and risk their own lives in order to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear. They deserve all assistance that we can give them and that’s exactly what our veterans will get here in Nassau County on my watch.”
Since taking office in 2010, the Mangano administration has made it a priority to serve the more than 100,000 veterans in Nassau County, and its active duty military, with enhanced services. The Nassau County Veterans Services Agency offers free personalized service to our veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The administration established 42 homes for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel at Mitchel Field. The County also joined in the opening of a new Veterans Affairs Health Clinic at this same location to provide state-of-the-art medical care for our veterans.
In two weeks, November 24th, the County will host its bi-annual Veterans Stand Down at Freeport Armory.
“My administration will never forget the sacrifices made for this nation and all that has been done to preserve the American Dream,” Mangano added. “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. Thank you and God bless all of our veterans.”