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Editorial: Gold Star Mother’s Day Sept. 30

I recently heard a Gold Star Mother on Long Island speaking to several in attendance at an event for veterans at Eisenhower Park; I was captivated when I heard her say, “Being a Gold Star Mother is a honor, but not a ‘membership’ that any parent wants to be a part of.”

Historically, a service flag with a blue star was hung in the front window, or flown outside of a home when someone in the family was actively serving in World War I. If the soldier died while serving in France or elsewhere during WWI, the blue star was replaced with the gold star to indicate the family’s loss. A gold star on a purple background banner is a symbol of a battlefield death.

In 1936, the gold star symbolism was actually designated a day of remembrance, always on the last Sunday of September; and although it is called “Gold Star Mother’s Day” the observance is extended to include all in the “Gold Star” family, fathers and siblings.

With proud honor, Long Island is home to many Gold Star parents, including more than 165 organized members locally. Membership into the organization of the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American mother who has lost a son or daughter in service. Gold Star family membership is also available. National membership is available at: http://www.goldstarmoms.com/.

Sadly, very few people recognize the symbols of sacrifice anymore and even fewer recognize the special day of observance for many families that has been in place for more than 95 years.

— CH

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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