At the 9/11 Remembrance held at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps last week, Vietnam veterans, firefighters, EMTs, elected officials and Auxiliary Police stood, saluted, and silently watched as Boy Scout Troop 106, the same unit Richard Pearlman belonged to, lowered the American flag.
Richard Pearlman, an 18-year-old EMS volunteer from the FHVAC, was at Police Plaza when the planes struck. The last photograph of him shows him helping a bloodied woman out of the World Trade Center.
A picture of dignitaries at the 9/11 ceremony showed Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Gov. George Pataki, state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. All were placing their hands across their hearts for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” except Mark-Viverito, who had her hands locked together in front of her.
What was that all about? Did she not have respect for our country and all those who have died and gave their last measure of devotion to the nation? It was also reported that before she ran for speaker she would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at ceremonies.
I’m really appalled that someone of Mark-Viverito’s status would show such disrespect and lack of patriotism at this most solemn and sacred anniversary memorial to those who died on 9/11. This act I find most sad. I myself served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to do so. I hope all who read this letter will write to Mark-Viverito and tell her that her actions are just not acceptable and she needs to apologize to the city and to all who lost loved ones on that day of infamy.
A sudden gust of wind blows through Juniper Valley Park as the orange and purple sunset gives way to wispy cirrus clouds illuminated by two familiar beams of light in the distance last Thursday night.
Maspeth resident Janet Ricciardo smiles and nods, as if to acknowledge a friend’s whisper in her ear.
A memorial for Richard Gilley, a Maspeth soldier killed during the Vietnam War, sits surrounded by litter and weeds in Ridgewood. The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, the owner of the property, has promised to clean the site.
The plaque for PFC. Richard Gilley, who died in battle in Vietnam.
At top, The Wrenditions perform courtesy of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32. Above, some of the cooks and volunteers who helped make the day a success take a well-deserved break.
Among the honored guests were Casper Inzerillo, left of Howard Beach, who served in World War II, and Vietnam veteran Pierre Grace of St. Albans.
Members of the East Coast Car Association were honored for their service to the community at a recent blood drive and car show held in the Maspeth Federal Savings bank parking lot.
The ECCA received citations from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Assemblyman Mike Miller and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley for the club’s 16 years of volunteer service, including its contributions to the St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.
On Jan. 31, 1968, Private First Class Richard Gilley, of Maspeth, was killed in action on a Vietnam battlefield three weeks shy of his 21st birthday.
Almost 50 years after his death, a memorial dedicated in his name sits unkempt and dirty next to the former American Legion post at 776 Fairview Ave., underneath the Forest Avenue station along the M train line, in Ridgewood.
A group of military veterans on Labor Day threw a picnic for their some of their less fortunate brethren at the VA Community Living Center in St. Albans.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 of Queens organized the day of food, entertainment and comraderie for elderly and disabled veterans going back as far as World War II. Stop & Shop was one of a number of sponsors donating food to the event.
First off, I would like to thank outgoing Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terry Holliday for all he did for veterans. He was always available and did the best he could with the budget he was given. He will be missed.
One of the biggest problems for veterans in the outer boroughs is the location of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans are also senior citizens and have to travel into Lower Manhattan to get to MOVA, which means public transportation: walking and going up and down many stairs to get into Manhattan. Even if you could drive into the city, there is no place to park.
What we veterans need is easier access to MOVA. Each borough should have an office that veterans can get to locally, especially those who are handicapped.
We served our country. Many of us still serve our community. Why are veterans the last group of citizens to get the help and respect we deserve?
The new Queens Library board took further shape Tuesday, as Borough President Melinda Katz made her first appointment to the 19-seat body since she and Mayor de Blasio together purged eight members on July 23 in response to the controversy surrounding the institution.
The new member is Robert Santos of Sunnyside Gardens, who Katz said in a prepared statement “has had a long, wide-ranging career in higher education, cultural institutions, municipal government and construction.”
(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded by the military to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
Pat Toro, a veteran of the Vietnam War, fought vigorously for the rights of fellow veterans until he died of leukemia last Friday.
Pat Toro was a soldier, both on the battlefields of Vietnam and on the political front lines when it came to veterans’ affairs.
On Friday, he died the same way he lived.
Pat Toro served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam.
Pat Toro, at the podium, served with the Marine Corps.
Pat Toro, the longtime former president of the Queens chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America and a retired law enforcement officer, died Thursday.
Ray Garcia, 65, is a Vietnam veteran, a limousine driver for exclusive customers and in his spare time, a poet.
Growing up, Garcia lived in many neighborhoods across the city, including the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and then finally settling in Ridgewood, where his father built a house.
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn’t mean she can’t pursue a degree at the same time.
Five Bayside High School students recently won a four-day trip to Washington, DC, based on their awareness campaign for child soldiers and international justice.
The students beat out four other teams from the metropolitan area to win the trip, where they joined others from across the country to present their projects.
The colorful mural on the side of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street proudly proclaims “Maspeth is America.”
Few things are more American than a grandiose painting of a bald eagle soaring alongside Old Glory, just like few neighborhoods in the entire country have more history than Maspeth does.
Michelle DellaFade, who served on two USO tours of Vietnam with Bob Hope, serenades the guest of honor with 1940s chart toppers.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Whitestone Post 4787 and Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 remembered those who served in World War II during a D-Day ceremony Friday at the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Field.
Veterans gathered at the site, top, with Councilman Paul Vallone, second from left, and state Sen. Tony Avella, right, to pay tribute to those who fought during the crucial battle 70 years ago and their comrades at arms in the war.
Robert Naimoli, inset, died on D-Day, June 6, 1944. On Saturday he was honored at his newly restored gravesite by his family and others including Vietnam veterans.