Written by Ann Marie Fruhauf: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00A beautiful, warm sunny day provided the backdrop for the rededication of the Manhasset Gold Star Memorial on Saturday, May 26, at the Mary Jane Davies Green. The family and friends of Navy Lieutenant Harry S. Mossman and Army Captain Edward F. Miles were joined by the members of the American Legion Post 304, elected officials, including Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Ana Kaplan, and members of the Manhasset community to remember Manhasset’s own hometown heroes and to witness the unveiling of the new bronze plate which now includes Lt. Mossman and Capt. Miles among those Manhasset residents who gave their lives in defense of our country.
After welcome remarks from Commander Mathew Falcone and the Invocation delivered by the Rev. James Only of the Congregational Church, Mr. Daniel Miles, the son of Edward Miles, was invited to speak about his father and the extraordinary life he led.
“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” Mr. Miles began his tribute by quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald, a favorite author of Capt. Miles, and went on to describe how his father turned his own personal tragedy into a positive, through his life work with the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. He described his father as both a rebel and a humanitarian, an extraordinary individual who touched the lives of so many in such a positive way. Mr. Miles concluded his remarks by reciting the final stanza of one of his father’s favorite poems, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” by Robert Frost “…The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”
Ira Sorkin, president of Manhasset High School Class of 1961 then stepped up to the podium to pay tribute to his classmate and friend, Harry Mossman. Sorkin explained, “In the Jewish religion, when one passes away, someone as kind, smart and indeed, a good person such as Harry, we say: Zikhrono Livrakha which translates from the Hebrew to mean – of Blessed Memory or – May His Memory Be a Blessing. I truly believe and I have no doubt that all my classmates believe that the memory of Harry is a blessing to each and every one of us.” Mr. Sorkin went on to describe Lt. Mossman as an excellent student, accomplished writer, avid chess player and all around “good guy.” Sorkin, recalling a conversation he had with one of Lt. Mossman’s son, described Harry as his classmates already knew him, a generous, decent, intelligent and courageous person. Mr. Sorkin ended his remarks by reminding the gathering that Harry Mossman was a blessing to all and must always to be remembered.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the new bronze plate was unveiled and flowers placed upon it by Christine Kuhl, Michele Dunn and Mary Terese Jackson, the sisters of Capt. Miles. As family and friends gathered around the newly dedicated memorial, Capt. Miles daughter, Sarah, remembered fondly her father as one of a kind, taking her to Bosnia for eight weeks after her graduation while others went on more conventional vacations. After the ceremony, Christine Kuhl, reflected on the day, “Although nothing will ever make it right that Ed and Harry are no longer here with us, last Saturday helped to make us feel a little bit better. Company Capt. Richard Lennon, USMC, a Vietnam Veteran and an unyielding advocate for both Capt. Miles and Lt. Mossman, traveled from South Carolina to attend the ceremony. “Manhasset can do it right and, by doing it right, the town did good. The U.S. military never leaves anyone behind, and now all are accounted for. We can rest,” he said.