The following is the first half of the essay submitted by Janice Buckner, writing about her father, Sy Buckner of Roslyn Heights. This is the second essay to be printed in the series of essays, which were submitted by our readership for the Anton Newspapers Military Heroes Essay Contest with the American Airpower Museum of East Farmingdale and The Collings Foundation. Essay winners flew in historic aircraft stationed at the American Airpower Museum over the Labor Day weekend.
In the year 1943 my dad was 17 years old and attending the University of Pennsylvania. As soon as he was eligible to serve in the war, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. Before being sent overseas he trained as a ball turret gunner down south and was on the lead plane in the last training assignment on Friday, Oct. 13, 1944 when his plane was hit by another fighter plane and both planes went down.
The Farmingdale Community Summit Council held their annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony last week at the monuments at the Farmingdale Public Library. The ceremony included presentation of the colors by the South Farmingdale Fire Department, a reading from their Chaplain Jim Keating, remarks from Library Director and Summit board member Debbie Podolski, Summit Remembers Committee Chairman Mark Wetzel. The Howitt Select Chorus under the direction of Danielle Tucker, sang several musical arrangements and “Taps” was performed by Mathew Lubliner.
Christy Hinko contributed to this article.
In a tribute that seeks to honor all Americans who have defended our nation, Anton Community Newspapers invited readers to submit essays about the heroes in their own families. Several entrants were selected to fly aboard historic World War II bombers that visited the American Airpower Museum (AAM) at Republic Airport through the Labor Day holiday.
Participants dressed in airborne uniforms and flew in the museum’s C-47 D-Day transport aircraft over south shore beaches with WWII living historians.
“If you haven’t signed up for G.I. Life Insurance, very important, $10,000 that will go to your parents or to your wife in case you don’t make it back. Two years ago every one of you volunteered for this unit. You will remember this day for the rest of your life because once you do your first airborne drop; you will never be the same again.
While this year marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America, Nassau County residents and officials gathered at Eisenhower Park to honor the memory of those who lost their lives. A sunset candlelight and remembrance ceremony was held on Sept. 6 at the county’s 9/11 Memorial.
“It was my distinct honor to host the Nassau County Memorial and Remembrance Observance to reflect on residents who lost their lives that tragic morning, those who responded to render aid to our fellow citizens, those who continue to give their lives from post 9-11 injuries and to say thank you to our first responders and our service men and women who continue to make sacrifices to secure our freedom and safety,” said County Executive Edward Mangano.
The weather was warm but could not have been better for this great event, which produced records for both participants and funds raised to benefit CiC. Bob Cook, owner of the Runners Edge, the Melville based law firm of Carter, Deluca, Farrell and Schmidt, Cisco Systems, Farmingdale Chiropractor Dr. Larry Lembo, Croxley Ale House and B103 Radio presented the event this year. The co-race directors were the team of Cook; Mark Leff of Cisco Systems; Mindy Davidson of Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) and BOCES; Eric Bressler of Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa; and Craig Gluf of Henry Schein.
The Town of Oyster Bay will hold a memorial ceremony on Friday, Sept. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. at Tobay Beach. The town’s memorial monument is inscribed with the names of Town of Oyster Bay residents lost on September 11, 2001. The memorial also features a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center.
Each week, more and more cars and their owners participated in the downtown pageant of cars, ranging from the first Model A, to souped-up high-tech racing machines. The show attracted not only car lovers and enthusiasts, but artists and photographers, and spectators of all ages.
This didn’t stop local officials from calling the ruling a “win for taxpayers” during a press conference last Thursday. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, along with numerous members of local and state government, were out in full force to applaud the decision, and plead to the powers that be to not grant a successful MTA appeal.
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