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Oh say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave over Rego Park?
The Family Fruit Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Drive had featured the flags of 22 different countries flying above its awning, but not until recently have two American flags joined the row of nations.
(NAPSI)—The family entertainment network INSP has expanded its commitment to veterans by partnering with the congressionally chartered United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and by providing the network’s video, entitled “Thank You For Your Service,” an homage to Vietnam Veterans.
The official United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration flag and certificate is presented to INSP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Cerullo by Lieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter. (NAPS)
Vietnam veteran Alfred Gatt, riding shotgun, is joined by his parents-in-law, World War II veteran Casper Inzerillo and his wife, Ann, and Gatt’s wife, Patricia Gatt, a Queens Chronicle account executive, and Fred Jost of the Knights of Columbus, who also served in the ’Nam
Flags of 22 different nations fly on the awning of the Family Food Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Dr. in Rego Park. Old Glory is not one of them.
And that is something Vietnam War veteran George Gardner, 66, of Rego Park finds “ridiculous” — though many passersby and even store employees have never even noticed the lack of the Stars and Stripes.
With the government shutdown having ended after more than two weeks of nonstop finger-pointing from both sides of the aisle in DC, let us not forget those who have served this country for ideals they believe in — and the effect that this mess made on their livelihoods in such a short amount of time.
And of course it could all happen again in January, when the deal reached by the president and Congress expires.
A C-123 military plane led to some confusion and concern Saturday morning when it flew over southern Queens.
The twin-engine propeller plane, a U.S. military staple during the Vietnam War, flew at around 5,000 feet over JFK Airport, Howard Beach and Ozone Park at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The dull buzz of the plane’s engines sent eyes skyward, leaving some residents to wonder what was going on.
The opinions of Queens’ federal lawmakers on whether the United States should launch an attack on Syria in response to its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians run the gamut.
Some support the action, at least one is opposed, at least one admits he is undecided and several of the others issued varying statements before President Obama announced that he would seek congressional authorization for military action last Friday.
The United States should not rashly attack Syria over its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons, and President Obama should ask Congress to approve any strike on the country before launching one, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said in a statement issued Friday.
Maloney’s statement appears to be the first released by any of Queens’ federal representatives on the possibility of the United States launching air strikes against Syria.
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the Allied Veterans Committee hosted an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire on July 27.
“They call this the “Forgotten War” because it was right after World War II and right before Vietnam,” keynote speaker and former state Sen. Serphin Maltese said. “But I think it’s time we remember the men who served bravely because many of us were not prepared for battle but we stood up for our country and fought hard.”
Rosedale-Laurelton American Legion Post 483 headed the Memorial Day procession to the World War I and Vietnam memorials on Sunrise Highway.
Hundreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago.
The nasty weekend weather cleared up in time for Monday morning’s parade, which featured residents, children, elected officials and veterans. It kicked off and ended in Coleman Square, near the memorial to Bernard Coleman, a Howard Beach resident killed in World War I, for whom the square is named.
Hundreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago. Marchers went from Coleman Square to Our Lady of Grace Church to the neighborhood’s two other war monuments: the World War II memorial at Howard Beach Assembly of God and the Vietnam memorial at Walter Wetzel triangle. The Korean War was commemorated at St. Barnabas because the community’s memorial is several miles away in Charles Park.
Anthony Pisciotta volunteers at Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, repairing the walkways, sealing up mausoleums and making sure the dead are not forgotten. When he discovered that the plaque on the tombstone of a Marine killed in action was missing, Pisciotta found a way to replace it.
Private First Class Irving Aron was killed in action by a band of Nicaraguan bandits who attacked his unit while they were repairing telephone wires on Dec. 31, 1930. President Hoover posthumously awarded him a Navy Cross on April 25, 1931, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Pat Connolly, one of the main organizers behind Howard Beach’s annual Memorial Day parade, said it is more difficult this year for him to reach out to prospective marchers.
“The last few years, its been growing and growing, but we lost all our contacts during Hurricane Sandy,” Connolly said. “I’m just so worried about this year.”
Republicans successfully derailed the passage of gun legislation last week in the last moments when passage looked likely. The 54 votes in favor, fell short of the 60 needed to break yet another filibuster. Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said it would have passed if the NRA didn’t score it. The NRA score scared enough senators to oppose it, rather than risk reprisals from pro-gunners come election time. Most headlines called these folks “cowards.”
Let’s be clear, this was not good legislation anyway. It was full of holes and, if passed, would have been meaningless. For example, gun show sellers could just walk outside the gun show building and sell guns in the parking lot. Family members and friends could sell guns to each other without any background checks.
Make no mistake about it, this is a partisan fight. 90 percent of the Democrats voted for the bill; 90 percent of the Republicans voted against it. However, a few courageous Republicans did break ranks.
Universal background checks, a ban on military weapons in civilian hands, large capacity magazine bullet clips, and keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable have nothing to do with the second amendment. Guns have changed since colonial times, and so should the laws. Back then, militias were needed to suppress British loyalists, to keep the slave population in control, and to fight off marauding Indians. Able-bodied men were conscripted when needed. Today, we have a standing army, the National Guard, and well-established police forces all across the country. Militias are a thing of the past.
How is it that Republicans can bow to the NRA membership of 4 million, while they put budgets on the table that will gut Social Security and Medicare whose benefits help over 35 million AARP seniors? Let’s start a Senior Score system and use that come election time.
Social activist and filmmaker Michael Moore, says we should show the pictures of the massacres if we want effective gun laws. Showing pictures of the horror of war was enough to turn the tide of the Vietnam War and get us out. We didn’t see the horror of the Afghanistan or Iraq wars because the Bush Administration censored it. Maybe it’s time for billboards showing massacres such as that at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Maybe that’s the catalyst we need to move Congress to act.
The flags around Splish Splash Laundromat, located on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, have left Dennis Deans, a Vietnam War veteran, frustrated.
“The first time I went to the laundromat, I noticed they had been tattered,” Deans said. “Then as I kept going, they weren’t being taken down or replaced, and now it’s got to be close to a year with the ripped flags.”
Nov. 11 is the day to think about our honored veterans. For 236 years they have fought to defend those freedoms we hold most dear. I myself served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to have done so.
Veterans Day is a time to remember all veterans. We need to remember all those who gave their lives and the many who lost limbs, hearing and sight. These veterans who have served our nation did so with pride and devotion to duty so that we might have those freedoms we enjoy today.
We also need to salute our brave men and women who are now serving in Afghanistan and who have served in Iraq as well as other parts of the world.
This Veterans Day I find myself thinking about what it means to be an American. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a country that allows us our personal freedom to express ourselves and to speak our minds. Let us not forget the freedom to vote for our future leaders without fear. Our system may not be perfect, but still is the greatest in the world.
But these freedoms do not come without a price. They come with great personal sacrifice from those who leave family, friends and jobs to serve the greater good.
I hope this Veterans Day there will be many flags flying in support of our brave men and women who have served and who are still serving this great nation of ours.
Remember the words of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, who said, “The willingness with which our young people will fight in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country.”
That was so true back then and is so true now. I ask all who read this letter to call a veteran you might know and say thank you for a job well done. May God bless these brave Americans and may God bless America on the day we call Veterans Day.
My favorite piece in the “Now Dig This!” exhibition — showcasing the works of 32 African-Americans in Los Angeles — is “School Crossing Guard” by Marie Johnson Calloway.
The mixed-media piece reminds me of the Argentinian artist Antonio Berni and his characters Juanito, the homeless boy, and Ramona, the prostitute, whom he painted over and over. Berni would collect trash and clothes he found on the streets of Buenos Aires and then paint a scene with Juanito or Ramona surrounded by those objects.
Members of Catholic War Veterans St. Margaret Post 1172 in Middle Village salute those who would never come home.
Harry Perks made sure he was at the opening ceremony for the Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that was on display in Middle Village last weekend.
“But I won’t go up there,” he said. “I have too many friends on that wall. We all enlisted together. We went to school together, where a lot of us got in trouble together.”
Queens, NY — The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, opened to the public Friday with a ceremony in Middle Village’s Juniper Valley Park.
The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, will be in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village from Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2.
The wall is a traveling exhibit that carries the names of the nearly 60,000 members of the United States military killed in the Vietnam War.
The Queens Chronicle this week launched a new program designed to match veterans returning from the conflicts in the Middle East with area employers.
The initiative is called “SitWant” — military-style speak for Situation Wanted, the kind of ad a potential employee takes out, as opposed to a Help Wanted ad from an employer. In the new Chronicle initiative, the SitWant ads are being offered free to servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
World War II veteran Julius Castelli, left, Korean War veteran Raymond Conord, and Vietnam veterans Arthur Schulz and Paul Rudolph sing the national anthem.