By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with veterans and officials from NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will unveil and dedicate a new veteran’s memorial at the transformed and newly reopened sports and entertainment venue this Saturday.
The physical memorial encompasses contrasting elements in constant movement. An eternal flame within it will be lit at the ceremony, and an ‘eternity’ pool, set within, will pay tribute to United States military veterans for years to come.
County Executive Mangano has said that when negotiations with Nassau Events Center first began several years ago, his administration made certain that the name – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – would forever remain at the arena. And, that the new plaza would be built with a “respectful Monument dedicated to our nations hometown heroes.”
“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,” 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.”
This Monument, and its eternal flame, “represent our eternal gratefulness for their service.”