FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2013
Town’s Funday Monday Finale Pays Tribute to Armed Forces
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Port Washington, NY –In one of several tributes North Hempstead pays each year to the men and women serving in our country’s armed forces, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and members of the Town Board recently joined with other local elected officials at the wrap-up of a once-weekly, summer-long get-together for seniors at North Hempstead Beach Park.
The August 26th Funday Monday finale honoring the Nation’s troops drew hundreds of seniors from across the Town. The stirring program, “Hometown USA” included a rendition the Armed Forces Medley and presentation of the colors by the Port Washington Fire Department.
“Each and every one of you are true heroes for putting your life on the line to help protect the priceless freedoms we enjoy,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “This is a small token of our appreciation.”
Organized and hosted by the Town’s Department of Community Services, Funday Monday offers seniors the opportunity to socialize with each other through music, dancing, games, entertainment and exercise.
The cadre of elected officials on hand to acknowledge the veterans also included Town Councilwomen Viviana Russell, Lee Seeman, and Dina De Giorgio, Town Councilman Angelo Ferrara, Town Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, and County Legislators Judi Bosworth and Wayne Wink.
Councilwoman Seeman, whose husband, Murray, is a veteran of the United States Army said, “I have been to nearly 50 Army reunions all across the country (with my husband) and it is always special to honor our troops.”
Councilwoman Russell also has strong ties to the military. Her son Lance Corporal Gary K. Russell, recently came home from Advanced Training for the Marines at Twenty Nine Palms in California. “I have such a deep appreciation for what our troops do each and every day to protect our freedom, and that is something we should never forget or take for granted,” she said.
Town Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman echoed the other officials when he said, “We do dozens of events in the Town each year but nothing is more important than this. We cannot honor our veterans enough.”
County Legislator Judi Bosworth thanked all veterans for “…making our Town feel like ‘Hometown USA.’ The feeling of liberation of freedom is something that cannot be replicated and it is all because of you that we have that feeling in the U.S.A.”
Bosworth’s colleague in the Legislature Wayne Wink also commended veterans for “unselfishly fighting to preserve our freedom.” He retrospectively looked back on a full summer’s worth of Funday Mondays, and thanked all the seniors for coming out each week and making each week’s event such a success, which included the July 29th Health Fair, sponsored by Wink.
The last of eight Funday Mondays for the season also included a classic car show courtesy of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, which featured 31 pristine automobiles dating back to as far as the 1920’s.
Looking forward to October 9th, North Hempstead’s Department of Community Services will be hosting the Annual Veterans Breakfast and Conference at Clinton G. Martin Park.
For more information on this event and other Town programs, please call 311.