The brave men and women who served this nation through its darkest moments and protected it in time of peace were recognized at the 2019 Walls of Honor Dedication. The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc., a private, not-for-profit organization, adds names to Walls of Honor to ensure that future generations know the bravery, sacrifice and courage of these brave Americans. There was a beautiful turnout on Saturday, June 22, at Veterans’ Plaza in Eisenhower Park. Stainless Steel panels, mounted on granite walls, engraved with veteran’s names both living and honored deceased, line the entrance to the Walk of Flags.
On this day, 260 additional names were unveiled before local dignitaries, including County Executive Laura Curran, as well as a large public showing. Color guards processed from various veterans’ organizations, followed by all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem, Rifle Squad Salute and the playing of Taps.
Any veteran of any U.S. involved war, is eligible. It makes no difference whether you served in combat or peace-time. Veterans of all states are eligible, as well as those veterans of the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. For more information about the application process, visit www.nassaulegion.org/EisenhowerMonuments.htm.
The Walls of Honor will be an ongoing construction. As long as veterans apply, there will be room for their names. There is no time limit or ending. Names received by the end of each year are normally unveiled in late June of the following year. Among this year’s honorees are Frank Busa, Past Post Commander of Williston American Legion Post 144 and Current Post Commander VFW Post 1688; Angelo Grande, Past Nassau County Commander-American Legion of Glenwood Landing Post 336; John Egan, Chaplain of American Legion Post 1033, Elmont; and American Legion Auxiliary members of Williston Unit 144.
—Submitted by Rosanne T. Spinner