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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

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


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