Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the North Hempstead Town Board recently hosted the town’s sixth annual Thank You to Our Veterans Breakfast at Clinton G. Martin Park, which was attended by more than 300 veterans.
The breakfast recognized the men and women who courageously put themselves in harm’s way to protect America’s freedoms. In addition to the complimentary breakfast, exhibitors from veteran and govern-ment agencies were on hand to explain services and entitlements available to veterans.
Joining Bosworth were Council Members Peter Zuckerman, Angelo Ferrara, Lee Seeman and Dina De Giorgio. Town Clerk Wayne Wink Jr. and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman were also in attendance.
“The Town of North Hempstead appreciates all of those who have worked so hard to protect our freedom,” said Bosworth. “Each year we host our annual Veterans Breakfast as a way for us to join together to celebrate and show our appreciation for the sacrifices you have made.”
The Thank You to Our Veterans program, which was coordinated by the town’s Department of Community Services and sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, kicked off with a presentation of the colors by the New York City U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Berman. This was followed by the National Anthem, a moment of silence in memory of all those who have given their lives in defense of our nation, the Armed Forces Medley and an Invocation by Lieutenant Colonel Brian McNamara.
Featured keynote speakers were Dr. Mayer Bellehsen, director for the Mildred & Frank Feinberg Division of the Unified Behavioral Health Center of Military Veterans and their Families at Northwell Health, and Harry Martinian, director of Programs at the Garden City Transcendental Meditation Center, David Lynch Foundation.
Exhibitors included the Northport VA Medical Center, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook, North Hempstead’s Project Independence, the Office of the Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, the Office of New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the Veterans Legal Assistance Project from Hofstra University, Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, PFC Dwyer Peer Support Project/VET2VET and the Beacon House.
For more information on North Hempstead’s veterans services, visit www.northhempsteadny.gov/veterans or call 311.