Following the Chinese Proverb which states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Councilman Gary Hudes will be replacing a Veteran’s Memorial Tree that was planted 20 years ago and felled in Superstorm Sandy as a part of Bellmore Gardens Senior Center Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday.
“It is distinctly appropriate that we are here today, just days after Memorial Day, to replace the Bellmore Senior Center’s Veteran’s Memorial Tree,” said Supervisor Murray. “Unfortunately, this tree was felled, like so many, by Superstorm Sandy, but when we heard about it, we knew that we had to replace this significant tree.”
When Hempstead Town learned of the fallen memorial, Supervisor Murray directed the Town’s Engineering Department to secure a replacement tree. The planting and dedication was set to coordinate with the center’s already scheduled Memorial Day Ceremony.
“There was no question in any of our minds that we had to do whatever we could to replace this tree,” said Councilwoman Cullin. Councilman Hudes added, “This tree is a small token of our thanks to the Veterans who have served our country.”
The tree was originally purchased in 1991 by the Men’s Club of Bellmore and the Bellmore Senior Center and planted with a plaque dedicating it in memory of all Vietnam Veterans who gave their lives. In later years, the scope of the dedication was expanded to include all Veterans. Members of the Center were devastated when the tree came down in Superstorm Sandy. Hempstead Town will replace the original tree with a beautiful pear tree dedicated to all Veterans.
“Our Veterans have done so much to protect us and our freedoms, replacing this tree dedicated to them is the least we can do,” concluded Supervisor Murray.