A Patriotic Picnic: A Reminder Why We Honor Our Vets

Assemblyman Ed Ra hosted the annual patriotic picnic on Thursday, Aug. 11, to salute veterans. Family and friends of Nassau County veterans came together to show gratitude for the local heroes in the community.

Legislator John Giuffre, Town Receiver of Taxes Jeanine C. Driscoll, Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Assemblyman Ed Ra, Veteran Rosario Trovato, County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Town Councilman Dennis Walsh, Town Councilwoman Melissa Miller, Town Councilman Thomas Muscarella and Veteran John McManamy of Franklin Square VFW Post 2718.

A few highlights from the picnic included veteran Norman Jardine who performed the National Anthem, Kate Marcino from H. Frank Carey High School who performed Taps and the singing of happy birthday for WWII veteran Rosario Trovato who will be turning 100 in a few short weeks.

“We would like to thank those who helped make this event a success including the Subway in Franklin Square for providing the lunches for the picnic, Red Mango for providing the desserts, Boy Scout Troop 93 for helping with the service and VFW Post 2718 for hosting the event,” said Ra. “This picnic was a reminder of the importance of honoring our great patriots who defended our nation proudly. We live in the greatest country in the world, and the people we celebrated today are a big reason why.” 

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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