Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail

FYI,
A long overdue tribute to our Purple Heart recipients. Please enjoy the attached video.

Thomas Ronayne, Director
Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
631 853 VETS (8387)
631 853 8381
631 853 8390 fax
From: Stanton, Brendan
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 2:59 PM
To: Ronayne, Tom
Subject: FW: W/ Video Tribute: Levy Seeks Creation of Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail at County Park

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4TaBT–eWo

COUNTY OF SUFFOLK

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Steve Levy
COUNTY EXECUTIVE

NEWS RELEASEClick Here for Veterans Day Video Tribute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dan Aug

November 10, 2010
Phone: 631. 853.4018
Cell: 631. 885.0631
Celebrating Veterans Day
Suffolk Executive Levy Announces Creation of ‘Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail’
First Memorial Dedicated to County Purple Heart Recipients to be Set in Accessible Lakeland County Park; Also Files Resolution for ‘Honor and Remember” Flag

Islandia, NY – Suffolk Executive Steve Levy today announced legislation to establish a Suffolk Veterans Purple Heart Trail at Lakeland County Park — the first County memorial dedicated to Suffolk’s Purple Heart recipients.

Levy was joined by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islandia Village Mayor and Viet Nam veteran Allan Dorman and other veterans – including Purple Heart recipients, family members and Commander of the New York State Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart — at the handicapped accessible park.

“The men and women who have given their life for our country, those who have served and survived – all those who have worn the uniform honorably in defense of our nation – are remembered here today,” said Levy.  “We extend today a special recognition to those Suffolk residents who have received the military honor of the Purple Heart and will forever remember them through this Purple Heart Trail.”

Conrad Steers, Commander of the New York State Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, stated, “In establishing its ‘Purple Heart Trail’ today Suffolk County has taken a great step in honoring those members of the military who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat, and for veterans who have made the supreme sacrifice.”

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, the MOPH supports all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

Legislator Tom Cilmi, within whose district the park sits, said “It is fitting that we honor our Purple Heart recipients on this day preceding Veteran’s Day.  We are free to walk along peaceful trails such as this, and congregate in parks such as this thanks to the service and sacrifice of our Veterans.”

Islandia Village Mayor Allan Dorman added, “As a veteran, it is encouraging to know that Suffolk County continues to go above and beyond the call of duty in honoring those men and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.  The Village of Islandia is humbled to serve as the host village to Suffolk’s Veterans Purple Heart Trail and we encourage all residents to visit it.”

Legislator Steve Stern, Chairman of the Legislature’s Veterans Committee, stated, “Our Veterans and their families make enormous sacrifices to protect our freedom and our way of life.  We owe them not only a debt of gratitude, but our full support in every way.  This trail will provide an accessible and beautiful place for those who have served with valor and dedication to enjoy the natural beauty of Suffolk County with their loved ones.”

Honor and Remember Flag
Levy today also announced the introduction of legislation to designate the “Honor and Remember Flag” as the county of Suffolk’s emblem of the service and sacrifice by those in the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty.

According to Honor and Remember Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization, the mission of Honor and Remember is to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that will fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.

Congress has introduced a bill to endorse the Honor and Remember Flag as a national symbol and the Honor and Remember Flag has also been endorsed by the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Air Force Security Forces Association and the Naval Reserve Association. The flag has been officially adopted by the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Pennsylvania state legislature is currently considering adopting the flag.

Suffolk County is home to the largest veteran population in New York State, outside of New York City.  Lakeland County Park was chosen to host the first Suffolk County Veterans Purple Heart Trail because of its handicap accessibility which allows all of Suffolk’s veterans the greatest accessibility in visiting.

Click Here for Veterans Day Video Tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4TaBT–eWo

TO HONOR AND REMEMBER: Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy joins with purple heart recipients and gold star family members in announcing legislation to name the greenbelt trail at Lakeland County Park the “Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail,” and adopt the “Honor and Remember” flag as the county emblem of the service and sacrifice by those in the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. Pictured (l-r) Tim Shearer, Mayor Allan Dorman, Suffolk Legislator Tom Cilmi, NYS Military Order of the Purple Heart Commander Conrad Steers, Dawn Esposito, Theirey Wilwerth, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy, Veterans Services Director Tom Ronayne, Michelle McNaughton, Ron Romaszka, Joann Lyles, and Elaine Wilwerth.

Mark L. Smith, Deputy Director of Communications
Office of Suffolk County Executive
PH: 631-853-8342/ CELL: 631-445-7169
E-Mail: Smith.Mark@suffolkcountyny.gov

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