Pictured from left: Dennis Dunne, Sr., Hempstead town councilman; Dorothy L. Goosby, Hempstead town councilwoman; Ralph Esposito, director of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano; and Norma Gonsalves, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Town of Hempstead Councilmembers Dennis Dunne and Dorothy Goosby joined local veterans at a ceremony unveiling the names of 320 veterans added to the Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, June 24. Nearly 8,500 veterans have been added to the Walls of Honor since the Monument Committee and Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund were established in 1991.
“The Walls of Honor here at Eisenhower Park serve as a tribute to the heroes of Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “The Walls were built for us to remember and honor the brave members of our military who risked, and many of whom gave, their lives in order to protect our freedoms. On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your service and dedication.”
The Walls of Honor are open to all those who have served our great nation and were honorably discharged whether they served during war time or peace time. The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc. is a private organization that collects a $100 donation for each veteran’s name to be added to the Walls. For applications, please call 516-804-5802. Donations can be mailed to The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 7911, Hicksville, NY 11802-7911.
Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families.
For more information on Veteran Service Agency programs, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call 516-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call 516-572-6526.