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Marines Pay Tribute To Glen Cove Hero

Approximately 300 U.S. Marines and their marching  band visited Glen Cove on Saturday, June 21, to pay tribute to Glen Cove’s most famous soldier, Sergeant Daniel J. Daly, a two-time Medal of Honor winner. 

 

Sgt. Daly lived from 1873 to 1937 and had the distinction of being one of 19 soldiers ever to receive the Medal of Honor twice and also only one of two Marines to receive it twice as well. The first Medal of

Honor was awarded  during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 for what was called the Battle of Peking where he single-handedly fought off 200 attackers. The second Medal of Honor was received for a battle in

Haiti in 1915 where he lead a group of 35 Marines to beat off an ambush of 400 Cacos.

 

Under a beautiful summer sky with the U.S. Marine band playing patriotic and marching songs, about 500 area residents, mostly from Glen Cove, came to listen to the praise given to its hometown hero. After an introduction by Sgt. Brett Williger on the day’s events, Mayor Reginald Spinello spoke. He introduced Barbara Harcourt, Sgt. Daly’s grand-niece, and spoke of Sgt. Daly’s career in service. He named other

Glen Cove Marines who fought in important battles from WWII to Afghanistan. He then pointed out the enlarged U.S. postal stamps that were dedicated to Medal of Honor winners.  These enlarged copies can be seen in the main chambers of City Hall. He thanked all of Glen Cove’s sons and daughters for their service. Another U.S. Marine Sergeant spoke next about the 150-year history of medals. He noted that Sgt. Daly was only 5’6” and weighed only 132 pounds, but had a reputation as a real fighter who won other medals as well. 

 

 Harcourt spoke next. She said Daly turned down a promotion, saying he would rather be an “outstanding sergeant than just another officer.” In his service, she said, “He did just a little bit more.”  

 

Congressman Steve Israel presented Harcourt with a U.S. Flag. He said he reads up on military history and spoke of Daly’s service. Of the three notable quotes in military history, he mentioned one of them was from Daly, who said at the age of 44 leading a charge during WWI, “Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?” Israel noted this quote points out how tough the man really was. 

 

Harcourt then helped lay a wreath by the plaque paying tribute to Glen Cove’s own. The service concluded with a short parade to the high school where the Inaugural Daniel J. Daly Lacrosse tournament was played.

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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