Vets honored at final Funday Monday

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The final Funday Monday event of the summer honoring the nation’s troops drew hundreds of seniors from across the town. 

The Aug. 26 program, “Hometown USA” included a rendition of 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,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “This is a small token of our appreciation.”

Organized and hosted by the town Department of Community Services, Funday Monday offers seniors the opportunity to socialize with each other through music, dancing, games, entertainment and exercise.

The group of elected officials on hand to acknowledge the veterans 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.

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.”

Russell also has strong ties to the military. Her son Lance Cpl. 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.

Berman said, “We do dozens of events in the Town each year, but nothing is more important than this.  We cannot honor our veterans enough.”

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 1920s.

Looking forward to Oct. 9, 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.

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