Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with veterans from Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion Post 339 to honor service-disabled veterans, and pay tribute to all members of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who served in World War II.
The May 5 ceremony also recognized the sacrifices of the spouses, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers of the deployed military throughout this country.
“On behalf of the residents of Nassau County, I thank 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,” County Executive Mangano 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.
Mangano said that his administration has made it a priority to honor our veterans and active duty military who are serving our nation here and abroad; and he described some of the County’s enhanced services for veterans.
For example, the Nassau County Veteran Service Agency, located at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, offers free door-to-door transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration established 60 homes at Mitchel Field to provide affordable housing for veterans, active duty military and their families, as well as the rehabilitation of five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families. They also have: enhanced opportunities for service disabled veteran-owned businesses; semi-annual Stand Downs to feed and clothe homeless veterans; Veteran Job Fairs; the County’s first ever female VSA counselor; and annual remembrance ceremonies for Memorial Day, Gold Star Families, POW/MIAs and Korean War Veterans.
“I can tell you this; my administration will never forget the sacrifices made for this nation and all that has been done to preserve the American Dream,” he said at the event. “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 May God watch over our brave men and women serving at home and across the globe, and may He bless these United States of America.”