Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
On Wednesday afternoon, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall arrived at Mitchel Athletic Complex from being on display in Mexico, NY, a town north of Syracuse, and was escorted to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow by veterans, military and county officials, builders, and dozens of motorcycle riders.
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and is the centerpiece of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s (AVTT) “Cost of Freedom” tribute program.
The wall, a replica of the memorial in Washington, will be at Eisenhower Park through Aug. 5. The names of 58,195 service members killed in the Vietnam War are inscribed; it is an 80 percent scale of the original.
The traveling memorial is a way to bring awareness to communities, especially those with large veteran populations, such as Long Island, which possibly has one of the highest concentrations of veteran populations across the United States. Memorial services raise awareness, promote communication about ongoing veterans’ issues, and benefit causes which help local veterans in need.
On Saturday, Aug. 4 the county will host Brick26, a high energy, fast paced strength and endurance event to benefit veterans in need throughout Nassau County. The competition will begin at 8 a.m. in Eisenhower Park for registered participants. The event is open to the public spectators. More information about Brick26 can be found at www.brick26.org/ Additionally, specially inscribed bricks for the event can be purchased through donation on the website.
Later on Saturday, at 6:45 p.m, the county will hold a special “Tribute to Veterans” ceremony and concert at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, also near parking field six.
On Sunday, Aug. 5, the closing ceremony will be held for the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall at 3 p.m. for the public.
The wall was constructed Wednesday night. On Thursday, Aug. 2 a Purple Heart ceremony was held at the park’s dedicated veterans’ memorial site and later in the evening, an opening ceremony for the Vietnam Wall was held. Public viewing will continue through Sunday, Aug. 5.
For more information about the series of veterans’ events this week, call Nassau County Veterans Services at (516) 572-6560.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Island Trees Union Free School District faces a few hurdles in its upcoming 2013-14 budget. The loss of the BOCES Geneva N. Gallow building lease and the increasing mandated retirement system (TRS/ERS) adds up to $2 million in lost revenue. The TRS/ERS contributions increased by almost $1.4 million, and the Gallow lease loss totals approximately $500,000, including the utility costs.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
What motivates a collector to dedicate a portion of his or her life to searching for the most rare and beautiful forms of a certain item? Is it their love of stamps from all over the world or is it their desire to find the most complex and unique model of a car? From jewelry and dolls to sports memorabilia and computers, a collector’s interests can range from the most bizarre items to the most common. Michael Katz, longtime collector of vintage radios from the 1920s to ’50s, said that the two kinds of things collectors go for are “stuff that’s really unusual and really decorative or the rare and expensive sets.”
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Don’t miss out on the chance to partake in an 8-week spring flying trapeze workshop! There is one space left in the Tuesday class for adults from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and four spaces left in the Thursday class from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., which is open to all ages.
The workshops will take place at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York.
Sign up online at iflytrapeze.com or call 516.640.6995 for more information.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Lady Generals lacrosse team at MacArthur High School earned the #1 spot and the title of 2013 conference champions, an accomplishment that last occurred in 2006. The team finished with a conference record of 9-1, succumbing in their only game to Oyster Bay by a one-goal deficit.