Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and the director of the County’s Veterans Service Agency yesterday, paid tribute to the 19,000 Americans who lost their lives during “The Battle of the Bulge,” fought 71 years ago this month.
Joined by members of the Long Island Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge – as well as by Presiding Officer Norma Gonzalvez and County Legislator Donald MacKenzie – County Executive Mangano and Veterans Director Ralph Esposito gathered to dedicate a monument in honor of those lost – at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Eisenhower Park.
The entire battle –which occurred in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium – lasted 6 weeks and is known as the fiercest battle the American Army has ever fought. In addition to the 19,000 soldiers who lost their lives, this monument pays tribute to the 70,000 soldiers who were wounded in battle.
“Although 71 years have passed since these brave soldiers served in Belgium and made the ultimate sacrifice at The Battle of the Bulge, we must bow our heads and say a prayer in their memory, and never forget that it is their sacrifice that allows us to enjoy the freedom and democracy that we cherish today,” remarked County Executive Mangano.