Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
A full house greeted veterans from several generations as U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Trevano Barrett and Sgt. Daniel Peck spoke and honored the former servicemen and women residing at the Amber Court Assisted Living Community on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury on Nov. 11.
Ginger Bonner, activities director at Amber Court, introduced the two Marines on hand and offered a few words to commemorate those who have served in years past and present.
“Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, as we can see in this room today. In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have demonstrated an unfaltering commitment to America and its people. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country we love. Seeing these two men here today reminds us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our most to make the difference in the lives of others,” said Bonner, whose father was also a Marine.
“There are so many events and parades going on today and we are so proud that the Marines chose to come here to recognize all the veterans living here at Amber Court,” said Bonner, adding, “Although the years have gone by, it does not make you any less of a hero today than you were in days past.”
Staff Sgt. Barrett, originally from Jamaica, has served in the Marines for 12 years since moving to the United States and enlisting. He is currently working at the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Center in Hicksville.
“When I was approached three weeks ago about coming here, I was ecstatic. It was very important to us to show support for veterans, so this was special to us,” said Barrett.
Barrett served in Iraq and has traveled “all over the world” including Australia and Kuwait and said without the Marine Corps “that wouldn’t be possible.”
Bonner, who fostered a fitting patriotic atmosphere for the veterans with music and American flag-themed decorations, announced the list of residents at Amber Court who served in the Armed Forces: Thomas D’Angelo, George Hendrickson, William Keiser, Frederick Ruoff, Edward Humowicki, Anthony Brady, Edward Walsh, John Shelly, John Murphy, Donald Gross, Marcelle Morton, Andrew Polinsky, Marion Brown, Sam Trinceri, Mildred Ulrich, Sal Fazio, Steve Gurecki, Jerome Amodeo, Joseph Renna, Gerald Manuta, Dominic Gammone, Robert Bronson, Irwin Morris and Michael Romaniuk. Sgt. Peck and Staff Sgt. Barrett then presented all the veterans with certificates from the United States Marines recognizing their service.
“Through their steadfast defense of American ideals, our servicemembers, past and present, have ensured our country still stands strong, that our founding principals still shine and nations around the world know the blessings of freedom,” said Bonner.