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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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