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Editorial: The Capano Memorial

The real story of this past Independence Day was not the parade in Massapequa, which, as usual, was a big success. Instead, it was the unveiling of the plaque honoring John Capano, the deceased federal agent and Massapequa resident. Capano, it goes without saying, was an extraordinary individual, a man of uncommon courage. Abroad, he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Here at home, he had a long career in law enforcement, one that ended in tragedy. Remembering local heroes is one of the more attractive qualities of the Massapequa area. And so, congratulations to the Town of Oyster Bay for this worthy gesture. Along with a similar plaque to Sgt. Jason A. Santora, such public memorials will inspire future generations of young Long Islanders.