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Letter: ‘Thank You From WWII Vet’

I wish to thank Dr. Joseph A. Laria, interim superintendent of the Glen Cove School system, for honoring me for my World War II US Navy service and my community service to the Glen Cove Community at the Glen Cove School Board of Education meeting at the Connolly School on Nov. 22, 2010. I would like to also thank Mayor Ralph Suozzi, mayor of the City of Glen Cove for his attending to honor me at this ceremony and his presenting me with a citation from the City of Glen Cove honoring me for my Navy service during World War II.

I would also like to thank Board President Ida McQuair, Board Vice President Gail Nedbor-Gross, Glen Cove Board Trustees David Huggins, Richard Maccarone, Grady Farnan, and Joel Sunshine. I wish to also thank Edward P. Norris, III, director, and members of the Select Chorale for their splendid performance at my honoring ceremony. I also want to thank the audience present for their wonderful standing ovation that they did in my honor. Thank you.

I do also want to thank the Glen Cove Board of Education for their presentation of the citation presented to me for my Navy service during World War II. I don’t know where to begin to thank Dr. Joseph A. Laria, interim superintendent of the Glen Cove Schools. The first day I met him I had the feeling that he was a man who cares about veterans of World War II, in fact, about all veterans. I have him to thank for all the arrangements at the Connolly School to honor me and I also have him to thank again when my family and I were attending the Winter Festival of the Performing Arts at the Glen Cove High School on Dec. 15, 2010. It was at this performance that night that Dr. Joseph A. Laria, interim superintendent of schools, while making a speech, made it known that I had been just awarded being honored at the Connolly School for my service during World War II and elaborated on my Navy service. He then called upon me to stand so every one would know me and at that time, the whole audience in the auditorium stood and began to clap. I can’t express the feeling I had; I was stunned. It was wonderful. I never expected to hear you mention it. The best I can do is to say thank you, Dr. Laria. You really made my night for me.

Have a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year everyone.

Joseph E. Cunningham