Addendum- NY Metro Vets- October 2006 Newsletter

October 12, 2006 | Other News, Things to Do


This Addendum Newsletter Includes the Following Articles:
– Veterans Day Information for Teachers & Students
– Legion Offers Free Veterans Day E-Greetings
– NJ USMCRA November 11 Terrorism Symposium
– Search for WWI Veterans
– Sponsor a Tree(s) for Christmas
– Snowball Express
– Civil War Memorial at Calvary Cemetery (Queens)
– Pat Toro Inducted into NYS Veteran Hall of Fame
– Newsletter Correction (Oct)
– Navy Birthday and Ships Quiz (For all Sailors)
– My Final Thoughts

VETERANS DAY INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in our nation’s military. It is our day to thank veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served have sacrificed and done their duty. Veterans Day posters, information for teachers and students, the history of Veterans Day, and much more can be found on VA’s Veterans Day web page at: www.va.gov/vetsday/. [Source: Military.com, 9 Oct 06]

LEGION OFFERS FREE VETERANS DAY E-GREETINGS: From now through Veterans Day (November 11th) the American Legion is offering a chance for the Internet-savvy to thank veterans around the world. Web users can e-mail an electronic greeting to any service member free of charge through the Legion’s web site.

A link on the Web site guides the sender through selecting a card theme for a particular service branch. It also gives the option of adding music, including the service songs, Yankee Doodle and the Battle Hymn of the Republic and a personal message.

The e-mail then lands in the veteran’s inbox with a pickup code for his card. It’s a process simple enough for even the not-so-Internet-savvy. Go to: http://www.e-cards.com/catalog/cat-selection.pl?group=AmLegion&db=AmLegion&cat=Veterans%20Day to send your e-card today. [Source: Army Times, 11 Oct 06]

NJ USMC RESERVE ASSOCIATION NOVEMBER 11 TERRORISM SYMPOSIUM: Attached to this newsletter is a copy of the topics and agenda items for the upcoming Terrorism Symposium at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Nov. 11, 2006. It is a continuing effort by the NJ Marine Corps Reserve Association to educate the public on terrorist threats, what is being done to counter those threats, and how the average citizen can be a participant in this pro-active response to terrorism in America.

Over 400 citizens have attended these forums and many have taken advantage of the training and knowledge to help keep our country safe. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Walter F. Connor, Col. USMC (Ret.), President, NJ Marine Corps Reserve Association at (609) 977-2114 or e-mail him at: wconner9@comcast.net. [Source: Walter Conner, 5 Oct 06] (*Joe’s Note: You should all receive the file for the NJ USMCRA Terrorist Symposium with this newsletter however, if for some reason it is not attached I will be posting it as a file on the NYMetroVets.)

SEARCH FOR WWI VETERANS: Time is running out to find and recognize the last remaining veterans of “The Great War.” The rolls of World War I veterans have declined so rapidly that the day is fast approaching when there will be one remaining, then none. The VA, with assistance from historians, state agencies and others, is keeping a roster of those veterans. Three years ago, there were about 250 remaining WWI American veterans. Yet, there may be other WWI veterans out there, perhaps in private nursing homes or in the care of family members who have not been identified by VA. If you know of any WWI veterans in your area, please contact VA’s Office of Public Affairs in Washington, DC, at opaweb@va.gov. [Source: Military.com, 9 Oct 06]

SPONSOR A TREE (S) FOR CHRISTMAS: The Proctor-Hopson Post #1896 VFW, on behalf of our Military Men and Women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, are once again asking for contributions in order to purchase lights and ornaments for donated Christmas trees that will be sent overseas.

Based on last years reaction from the troops, we would like to increase the number of trees along with lights and decorations that we send to the war zone. The cost of each tree with the appropriate lights and decorations is $25.00. You can fund as many trees as you like. Working together, we can help make the holidays a little more enjoyable for our deployed troops. All donations must be received by November 30, 2006. All checks and money orders should be made payable to: PROCTOR-HOPSON POST #1896, VFW (Mark in Memo line: XMAS TREES).

Please mail all checks and money orders to: Ben Thompson, PSC, 119-26 204th Street, St. Albans, NY 11412. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mr. Thompson at (718) 527-6532 or e-mail him at: Thompsonbl@state.gov. [Source: Ben Thompson]

SNOWBALL EXPRESS: Those who protect us deserve our thanks, our support and our help. Those military members who have laid down their lives in service deserve our gratitude and our commitment to helping the family members they left behind. This year the Snowball Express will be providing a holiday experience for every child who has lost a parent while serving in our military during the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict since 9/11. We will be bringing the children and surviving parent or guardian from throughout the nation to Orange County, California in mid-December, 2006 for a holiday party and a trip to Disneyland. However, we need your help. If you are interested in making a donation, or would like more information, please visit our web site at: http://www.snowballexpress.org/. [Source: Snowball Express]

CIVIL WAR MONUMENT AT CALVARY CEMETERY: Are you a teacher, student, civil war historian, veteran or someone who is interested in antiquity? If so, come visit the Civil War Monument honoring all Union soldiers who died.

This elaborate monument was commissioned by the City of New York and erected in 1866. It features a 50-foot high granite obelisk decorated with bronze garlands and ornamental flags and topped with a bronze figure representing peace sculpted by John G. Draddy (1833-1904). Draddy also created 4 life size figures depicting civil war soldiers that stand on pedestals surrounding the column. 21 Civil War soldiers are interred at this site. The last burial took place in 1909. In 1929, the monument was given a new fence and its bronze and granite details were replaced and restored.

If you would like to visit the Civil War Memorial it is located in Section 4 of Calvary Cemetery (entrance on Greenpoint Avenue between Review Avenue and the Expressway. Pictures of the Memorial can be found at:

www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/queens/blissville/calvary/index.htm. The pictures are a little more than halfway down the page.

The Civil War Memorial is in dire need of restoration and the NYC Department of Parks is seeking sponsors to support the conservation of this historical piece. Anyone interested in sponsoring the restoration of this monument may write to: Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, The Overlook, 80-30 Park Lane, Kew Gardens, New York 11415. [Source: Community Board 2, Queens]

PAT TORO INDUCTED INTO NYS VETS’ HALL OF FAME: Vietnam War veteran Pastor Toro Jr. has been inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame, state Senator Frank Padavan (R-C, Bellerose) announced. “The first-of-its kind online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their significant accomplishments as a civilian and service to the community,” Padavan explained.

Toro served a tour of duty in the Marine Corps where his meritorious service earned him the National Defense Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Civil Action Medal.

On his return to civilian life, Padavan said, his constituent had a 20-year career in law enforcement, including 13 years as a detective with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Since his retirement, he has become a community activist and also served as president of Post No. 32 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Padavan said. *Joe’s Note: Further information on this story and the building of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Queens can be found at: http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/460434p-387384c.html [Source: Western Queens Gazette, 4 Oct 06 / MY Daily News, 12 Oct 06]

NEWSLETTER CORRECTION: In the October newsletter, in Veteran Events in NYC, for the October 29, 2006 – Michael Pahios Memorial Gathering, I indicated the date and location but not the time. Once again, for all those interest in attending the memorial gathering, it will be held at O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub, 145 West 45th Street-2nd Floor at 2 PM.

NAVY BIRTHDAY AND SHIPS QUIZ: Happy Birthday to the US Navy on October 13, 2006! Information on the Navy’s birthday can be found at:


For all fellow sailors (Or Navy buffs) out there take the quiz and see how you score. No cheating. These are relatively simple questions and if you are a true blue Sailor, you should come up with a perfect score. If you have a score of five or less, you’ve been out too long! (*Joe’s Note: I got 9 out of 10!). The quiz is at:


Good luck! [Source: YNCS Don Harribine, USN (ret)]

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Well, this is a first for me. I was sent e-mails with comments and information right after I put the October newsletter out. As events are coming up quickly, I decided that I could not wait until November and therefore had to put out this addendum (or mini-newsletter). Please pass this info on to others.

Congratulations to Pat Toro on his induction into the NYS Vets Hall of Fame and for getting the Vietnam memorial in Queens – Great Job Pat!

Once again, if you have an event that you would like posted in the November newsletter, please get it to me ASAP. My e-mail address (as always) is: bjoe7@hotmail.com. As always, let me know what you think. I look forward to reading your e-mails. Take care and until next month….

Joseph A. Bello, NYC Veterans Advocate